11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Robbinsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Highlands
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hendersonville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Charlotte
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 30​min
5
Beaufort
— 2 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2​h 15​min
6
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Phoenix

2
nights
Robbinsville

Robbinsville is a town in Graham County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): head outdoors with Carolina Outfitters and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Old Jail Museum, then take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, and then explore the activities along Santeetlah Lake.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Robbinsville trip itinerary maker .

Phoenix to Robbinsville is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Robbinsville is 2 hours. Traveling from Phoenix in September, you will find days in Robbinsville are little chillier (80°F), and nights are colder (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Robbinsville

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Old Jail Museum, Carolina Outfitters, Cherohala Skyway
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River Rafting & Tubing
Santeetlah Lake ©
Santeetlah Lake
Cherohala Skyway ©
Cherohala Skyway

1
night
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Highlands tour website .

You can drive from Robbinsville to Highlands in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Highlands are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hendersonville.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Whiteside Mountain
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

2
nights
Hendersonville

Hendersonville is a city in Henderson County, North Carolina United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at DuPont State Recreational Forest, snap pictures at Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, look for gifts at Mast Store, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, go deep underground at Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, then brush up on your military savvy at WNC Military History Museum, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, and finally learn about winemaking at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hendersonville trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Highlands to Hendersonville in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Hendersonville

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Lake Lure, Brevard, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
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Zipline
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine ©
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards ©
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, get your game on at Escape Kings, and then hike along Buzzard Rock Trail.

To find out how to plan a trip to Charlotte, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Hendersonville to Charlotte by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Beaufort.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Buzzard Rock Trail
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library

2
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon State Park, head outdoors with Beaufort Paddle, and then visit Island Express Ferry Service. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Eco Tours and then identify plant and animal life at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Beaufort trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Charlotte to Beaufort takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Charlotte in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Beaufort, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Beaufort

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Fort Macon State Park, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Highlights from your plan
Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for gifts at Old Books on Front Street, then brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, then get your game on at Battle House, and finally do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Wilmington holiday tool .

Getting from Beaufort to Wilmington by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games Spas Wineries
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Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Room Escape Games
Battle House ©
Battle House

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