12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Gulfport
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Atlantic Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Oak Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Gulfport

2
nights
Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach ©
Atlantic Beach is a town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Shackleford Banks, then don't miss a visit to Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, and then immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Atlantic Beach driving holiday website .

Gulfport to Atlantic Beach is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, Atlantic Beach is little chillier than Gulfport - with highs of 70°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Atlantic Beach

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Harkers Island, Lake Road Winery LLC, Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier
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Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Shackleford Banks ©
Shackleford Banks

3
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Downtown Wilmington and Carolina Beach State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Wilmington: Kure Beach (Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, Fort Fisher State Historic Site, & more), Southport (Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry & Trinity United Methodist Church) and The Veggie Wagon (in Carolina Beach). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Bellamy Mansion, explore the activities along Cape Fear River, and take in nature's colorful creations at New Hanover County Arboretum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Wilmington road trip planner.

You can drive from Atlantic Beach to Wilmington in 2.5 hours. April in Wilmington sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Oak Island.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kure Beach, Carolina Beach, Southport
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Carolina Beach State Park ©
Carolina Beach State Park
Bellamy Mansion ©
Bellamy Mansion
New Hanover County Arboretum ©
New Hanover County Arboretum

1
night
Oak Island

Oak Island ©
Oak Island is a seaside town located mostly on the barrier island of Oak Island (which also contains the town of Caswell Beach), in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): examine the collection at North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, take in the waterfront at Southport Pier and RIverwalk, then look for gifts at Haag and Sons Seafood, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Oak Island Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Oak Island holiday maker website .

Getting from Wilmington to Oak Island by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in April, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Oak Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Southport
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Haag and Sons Seafood ©
Haag and Sons Seafood

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore hidden gems such as Lexington Glassworks and Elijah Mountain Gem Mine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (in Flat Rock) and Pisgah National Forest (in Pisgah Forest). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Western North Carolina Nature Center, stop by Asheville Bee Charmer, and pause for some photo ops at Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Asheville trip itinerary website .

Explore your travel options from Oak Island to Asheville with the Route module. Traveling from Oak Island in May, expect little chillier with lows of 53°F in Asheville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, Pisgah National Forest, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
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Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine ©
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

2
nights
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.
On the 4th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Oconaluftee Islands Park, get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine, then explore the striking landscape at Cullasaja River Gorge, and then admire the sheer force of Soco Falls.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cherokee day trip tool .

You can drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Cherokee sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine, Cullasaja River Gorge, Soco Falls
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Oconaluftee Islands Park ©
Oconaluftee Islands Park
Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum
Soco Falls ©
Soco Falls

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