12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Bryson City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Cherohala Skyway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bryson City: Dry Falls (in Highlands) and Carolina Outfitters (in Topton). The adventure continues: try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Bryson City day trip website .

Newark to Bryson City is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Newark in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 62°F in Bryson City. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Cherokee, Cherohala Skyway, Dry Falls, Carolina Outfitters
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River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Cherohala Skyway ©
Cherohala Skyway

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get outdoors at Zipline and The North Carolina Arboretum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Grandfather Mountain (in Linville), DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain) and Slick Rock Country Emporium (in Hendersonville). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Parkway, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Asheville trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Slick Rock Country Emporium, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Zipline, DuPont State Recreational Forest
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Zipline
DuPont State Recreational Forest ©
DuPont State Recreational Forest
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

3
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Step out of the city life by going to Holden Beach and Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex. Change things up with these side-trips from Wilmington: Surf City (Topsail Island Trading Company & Topsail Island) and Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broomtail Craft Brewery, and wander the streets of Historic District.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilmington online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Asheville to Wilmington in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Asheville in July since evenings lows in Wilmington dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Surf City, Oak Island Beach, Holden Beach, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
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Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Topsail Island ©
Topsail Island
Topsail Island Trading Company ©
Topsail Island Trading Company

2
nights
Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): kick back and relax at Carova Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Currituck Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Currituck Banks Reserve, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Corolla trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Corolla takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. In July, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Carova Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Currituck Banks Reserve ©
Currituck Banks Reserve

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