11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  4 h 15 min
1
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
3
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Durham
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Cherokee
— 1 night
+3
Drive + Fly + Bus + Train:  4 h 15 min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): stroll around Jockey's Ridge State Park. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, then explore the galleries of Wright Brothers National Memorial, and finally get your game on at Outer Banks Old Time Photos.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nags Head online tour itinerary maker.

Washington DC to Nags Head is an approximately 4.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Nags Head are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, Outer Banks Distilling
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Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

1
night
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
On the 20th (Sat), take a leisurely stroll along Avon Fishing Pier, stroll through Frisco Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hatteras Island online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nags Head to Hatteras Island takes 1.5 hours. June in Hatteras Island sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Beaches Parks Historic Sites
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Avon Fishing Pier ©
Avon Fishing Pier

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington, then step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and then get your game on at Battle House Laser Tag. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Camp, and then step off the mainland to explore Topsail Island.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Wilmington sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Hatteras Island to Wilmington takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In June, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Topsail Island
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Battle House Laser Tag ©
Battle House Laser Tag
Sea Turtle Camp ©
Sea Turtle Camp
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

2
nights
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
On the 23rd (Tue), gain insight at Duke University, admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and then get your game on at Urban Axes Durham. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, walk around Pullen Park, then get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and finally make a trip to Womancraft Gifts.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Durham tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Durham takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In June in Durham, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Durham

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Raleigh, Womancraft Gifts
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Urban Axes Durham ©
Urban Axes Durham
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University ©
Duke University

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night
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
On the 25th (Thu), get your game on at Escape Kings, get in on the family fun at Carowinds, and then browse the collection at Billy Graham Library.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Charlotte trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durham to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
Carowinds ©
Carowinds

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Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 26th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, then look for gifts at Asheville Bee Charmer, then do a tasting at Biltmore, and finally view the masterpieces at St.Claire Art.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Asheville road trip app.

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Asheville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Charlotte in June, expect Asheville to be little chillier, temps between 83°F and 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

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night
Cherokee

Cherokee ©
The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, then examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cherokee online visit planner.

Drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Cherokee are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum ©
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

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