12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Kill Devil Hills
— 1 night
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Wilmington
— 3 nights
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Durham
— 2 nights
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Mount Airy
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Kill Devil Hills — 1 night

Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. On the 5th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park and then take an in-depth tour of Wright Brothers National Memorial. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at Village Yoga, then see Off-Road Tours, then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kill Devil Hills visit planner.

Newark to Kill Devil Hills is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Newark in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 51°F in Kill Devil Hills. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 3 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Take a break from Wilmington with a short trip to Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry in Southport, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, and contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilmington online holiday planner.

Drive from Kill Devil Hills to Wilmington in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Kill Devil Hills in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Wilmington: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Durham.
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Durham — 2 nights

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, then gain insight at Duke University, then gain insight at University of North Carolina, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Town Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Pullen Park, then learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and then get curious at Marbles Kids Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Durham online visit planner.

You can drive from Wilmington to Durham in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April in Durham, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mount Airy.
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Mount Airy — 2 nights

Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. On the 12th (Wed), cruise along Blue Ridge Parkway and then admire the majestic nature at Stone Mountain State Park. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at The Andy Griffith Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pilot Mountain State Park, and then contemplate the long history of Horne Creek Living Historical Farm.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mount Airy trip planning app.

Getting from Durham to Mount Airy by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Asheville.
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Asheville — 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Zipline (in Lake Lure), Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm (in Hendersonville) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). And it doesn't end there: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mount Airy to Asheville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in April, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.
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