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 + Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Corolla
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Atlantic Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h
5
Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Cherokee
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Corolla trip planner .

New York City to Corolla is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Corolla, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Corolla

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Wright Brothers National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©

2
nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Outer Banks Distilling as well as OBX Airplanes. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, relax in the rural setting at Island Farm, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, then get a bird's-eye view with OBX Airplanes, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Elizabethan Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): explore the galleries of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and then get to know the fascinating history of Roanoke Island Festival Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Manteo travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Corolla to Manteo in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Manteo can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
OBX Airplanes ©
OBX Airplanes
Island Farm ©
Island Farm

2
nights
Nags Head

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jennette's Pier. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, then take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, then have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, and finally walk around Jockey's Ridge State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, then appreciate the history behind The Monument to a Century of Flight, and then take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nags Head road trip planner .

Nags Head is just a short distance from Manteo. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Atlantic Beach.

Things to do in Nags Head

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Duck Town Boardwalk, Outer Banks Old Time Photos, The Monument to a Century of Flight, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Jennette's Pier ©
Jennette's Pier

2
nights
Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach ©
Atlantic Beach is a town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Fort Macon State Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get around town with Island Express Ferry Service, stop by The Fudge Factory, then see the interesting displays at North Carolina Maritime Museum, and finally admire the majestic nature at Fort Macon State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, then take a leisurely stroll along Oceanana Pier & Pier House Restaurant, and then identify plant and animal life at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Atlantic Beach day trip website .

Getting from Nags Head to Atlantic Beach by car takes about 3.5 hours. In October in Atlantic Beach, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Atlantic Beach

Parks Outdoors Transportation

Side Trips

Beaufort, Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Highlights from your plan
Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore

1
night
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 14th (Mon): examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, and then get in on the family fun at Carowinds.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Charlotte day trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Atlantic Beach to Charlotte with the Route module. Expect slightly colder evenings in Charlotte when traveling from Atlantic Beach in October, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Carowinds ©
Carowinds
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Asheville is known for wineries, nightlife, museums, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about winemaking at Biltmore, examine the collection at Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Asheville trip builder .

Drive from Charlotte to Asheville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Charlotte in October, plan for slightly colder days in Asheville, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Mountain Nest
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Room Escape Games

1
night
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 18th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cherokee road trip app .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Casinos Nature Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

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