12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Bologna
Fly + Drive:  19​h 15​min
1
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Bologna

1
night
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 22nd (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, then stroll around Jockey's Ridge State Park, and finally stop by Seagreen Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nags Head trip planner .

Bologna, Italy to Nags Head is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bologna to Nags Head. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nags Head when traveling from Bologna in July, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

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 24th (Wed): learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, then stop by Cape Fear Spice Merchants, then don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, and finally wander the streets of Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Wilmington vacation builder website .

Drive from Nags Head to Wilmington in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Bryson City.

Things to do in Wilmington

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
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Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Room Escape Games

1
night
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 26th (Fri), examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bryson City tour builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Wilmington to Bryson City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wilmington in July: high temperatures in Bryson City hover around 33°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Cherokee
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mast General Store (in Waynesville), Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in panoramic vistas at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and cruise along Blue Ridge Parkway.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville trip planner .

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Mast General Store, Zipline, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
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Zipline
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Room Escape Games

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): browse the collection at Billy Graham Library and then find something for the whole family at Carowinds. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of BB&T Ballpark, get your game on at Escape Kings, then examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Charlotte trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Asheville to Charlotte by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Asheville in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Charlotte, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

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

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