12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner

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Durham
— 1 night
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Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Bryson City
— 1 night
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Charlotte
— 1 night
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Durham

— 1 night

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
On the 11th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Durham road trip site.

Kelowna, Canada to Durham is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Kelowna to Durham due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Durham

Historic Sites · Parks

Nags Head

— 3 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Get out of town with these interesting Nags Head side-trips: Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe) and Corolla (Back Country Safari Tours, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park, contemplate the long history of Island Farm, enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nags Head road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Durham to Nags Head takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In May, daytime highs in Nags Head are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 2 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): wander the streets of Historic District, take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

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You can drive from Nags Head to Wilmington in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Nags Head in May, expect nights in Wilmington to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Asheville.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Spas

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. There's still lots to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and take in the exciting artwork at New Morning Gallery.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Asheville online holiday maker.

You can fly from Wilmington to Asheville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Wilmington in May; daily highs in Asheville reach 28°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 1 night
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryson City online attractions planner.

Drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to fly to Charlotte.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Casinos · Fun & Games · Adventure

Side Trip

Charlotte

— 1 night

The Queen City

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 21st (Sat), examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip planning app.

You can fly from Bryson City to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryson City in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Charlotte, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums
Highlights from your trip

North Carolina travel guide

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History Museums · Specialty Museums · Zipline
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.