13 days in North Carolina Itinerary

13 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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13 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Beaufort
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Hendersonville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Robbinsville
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Raleigh
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Step out of Wilmington to go to Surf City and see Topsail Island, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Riverwalk, and stop by Old Books on Front Street.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wilmington trip site .

New York City to Wilmington is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Wilmington are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Topsail Island
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Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Room Escape Games
Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens

2
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get from here to there with Island Express Ferry Service, see the interesting displays at North Carolina Maritime Museum, then don't miss a visit to Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, and finally stop by The Artestry Hideaway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon State Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rachel Carson Reserve.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Beaufort online trip planner .

Getting from Wilmington to Beaufort by combination of bus and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Hendersonville.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Macon State Park
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Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service
North Carolina Maritime Museum ©
North Carolina Maritime Museum
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park

2
nights
Hendersonville

Hendersonville is a city in Henderson County, North Carolina United States. On the 6th (Tue), take a peaceful walk through DuPont State Recreational Forest, then take in the views from Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, look for gifts at O.P. Taylor's, go deep underground at Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, then learn about all things military at WNC Military History Museum, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, and finally do a tasting at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hendersonville day trip planning app .

Fly from Beaufort to Hendersonville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hendersonville when traveling from Beaufort in August, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Robbinsville.

Things to do in Hendersonville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Brevard, Lake Lure, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
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Zipline
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine ©
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards ©
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

3
nights
Robbinsville

Robbinsville is a town in Graham County, North Carolina, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Robbinsville side-trips: Dry Falls (in Highlands) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Santeetlah Lake, take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, head outdoors with Carolina Outfitters, and take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Robbinsville day trip app .

Drive from Hendersonville to Robbinsville in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Robbinsville

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dry Falls, River Rafting & Tubing, Carolina Outfitters, Whiteside Mountain, Cherohala Skyway
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River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Santeetlah Lake ©
Santeetlah Lake

3
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): engage your brain at Marbles Kids Museum, engage your brain at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally stroll around Pullen Park. Here are some ideas for day two: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, immerse yourself in nature at Umstead State Park, and then admire the natural beauty at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Raleigh online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Robbinsville to Raleigh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Robbinsville in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 69°F in Raleigh. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Pullen Park ©
Pullen Park
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art

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