13 days in North Carolina Itinerary

13 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner

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Oak Island
— 2 nights
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Ocean Isle Beach
— 1 night
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fayetteville
— 1 night
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Banner Elk
— 3 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Oak Island

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then browse for treasures at The Hoarders, then see the world from above with High Tide Helicopters, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Oak Island Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Holden Beach, look for gifts at North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, and then take a leisurely stroll along Southport Pier and RIverwalk.

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Las Vegas to Oak Island is an approximately 35-hour car ride. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Oak Island. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in December, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Ocean Isle Beach.

Things to do in Oak Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Ocean Isle Beach

— 1 night
Ocean Isle Beach is a small seaside town located in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Coastal Carolina, see The Swamp Park, and then learn about winemaking at Silver Coast Winery.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ocean Isle Beach online trip planner.

Traveling by journey from Oak Island to Ocean Isle Beach takes an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Ocean Isle Beach can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Ocean Isle Beach

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Wilmington

— 2 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Cape Fear Museum, then explore the world behind art at Cameron Art Museum, then learn about all things military at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Wilmington Railroad Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Bellamy Mansion, and then take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Wilmington online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ocean Isle Beach to Wilmington takes an hour. In December, daytime highs in Wilmington are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Fayetteville

— 1 night
Fayetteville is a city in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at ZipQuest Waterfall & Treetop Adventure, examine the collection at Airborne and Special Operations Museum, and then steep yourself in history at 1897 Poe House.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fayetteville trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Wilmington to Fayetteville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Fayetteville sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Banner Elk.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Museums · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Banner Elk

— 3 nights
Banner Elk is a town in Avery County, North Carolina, United States. Visiting Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Flat Top Manor and Grandfather Vineyard & Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Banner Elk: Blowing Rock (Julian Price Memorial Park & Glen Burney Trail). There's lots more to do: see High Country UTV Tours and Zip Line, take in breathtaking views at Linville Gorge, relax and float downstream with River and Earth Adventures, Inc, and admire the sheer force of Bobby McLean Memorial Park.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Banner Elk online travel route planner.

Drive from Fayetteville to Banner Elk in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fayetteville in December: high temperatures in Banner Elk hover around 48°F and lows are around 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Banner Elk

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Visiting Pisgah National Forest and Soco Falls will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grovewood Village and Thomas Wolfe Memorial. When in Asheville, make a side trip to see Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, approximately Maggie Valley away. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at New Morning Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Center for Craft.

For maps and more tourist information, read Asheville travel route planning website.

You can drive from Banner Elk to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Banner Elk in December, you will find days in Asheville are a bit warmer (54°F), and nights are about the same (35°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.