13 days in North Carolina Itinerary

13 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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13 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Ocracoke
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Beaufort
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Winston Salem
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Raleigh
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Toronto

2
nights
Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. On the 10th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach Fires, get engrossed in the history at Ocracoke Preservation Museum, then contemplate the long history of Fort Ocracoke Monument, and finally stroll through Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetery.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ocracoke trip builder website .

Toronto, Canada to Ocracoke is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in July, with highs in Ocracoke at 35°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Beaufort.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery
Ocracoke Preservation Museum ©
Ocracoke Preservation Museum

1
night
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Fort Macon State Park, then examine the collection at North Carolina Maritime Museum, and then visit Island Express Ferry Service.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Beaufort trip planner.

You can drive from Ocracoke to Beaufort in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Beaufort

Outdoors Transportation Parks

Side Trip

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
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 13th (Sat), brush up on your military savvy at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, then learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, and finally do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Oak Island Beach, take an in-depth tour of Cape Fear Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Wilmington journey planner .

Getting from Beaufort to Wilmington by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Wilmington are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Kure Beach, Oak Island Beach, Trinity United Methodist Church
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Fort Fisher State Historic Site ©
Fort Fisher State Historic Site
Noni Bacca Winery ©
Noni Bacca Winery
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area ©
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, shop like a local with Lexington Glassworks, and then see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company, then do a tasting at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and finally view the masterpieces at New Morning Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Asheville trip website .

You can fly from Wilmington to Asheville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in July, things will get slightly colder in Asheville: highs are around 34°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Winston Salem.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Zipline, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
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Zipline
New Morning Gallery ©
New Morning Gallery

2
nights
Winston Salem

Winston Salem ©
Winston-Salem is a city in and the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): stroll the grounds of God's Acre, contemplate the long history of Old Mill of Guilford, then see the interesting displays at Petty Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Ambleside Gallery. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Greensboro History Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museum & Archives of Rockingham County, and then learn about winemaking at Stony Knoll Vineyards.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Winston Salem vacation maker site .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Winston Salem takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Winston Salem, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Winston Salem

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Greensboro, Stony Knoll Vineyards, Petty Museum, Museum & Archives of Rockingham County, Old Mill of Guilford
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Petty Museum ©
Petty Museum
Old Mill of Guilford ©
Old Mill of Guilford

3
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Duke University Chapel and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Let the collections at Airborne and Special Operations Museum and The Carolina Basketball Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum (in Fort Bragg), Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts (in Pittsboro) and Conservators Center (in Burlington). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, look for all kinds of wild species at Fletcher Park, sample the fine beverages at Lassiter Distilling Company, and stroll the grounds of Old Town Cemetery.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Raleigh tour builder .

Drive from Winston Salem to Raleigh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In July in Raleigh, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts, 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum, Airborne and Special Operations Museum, The Carolina Basketball Museum, Lassiter Distilling Company
Highlights from your plan
The Carolina Basketball Museum ©
The Carolina Basketball Museum
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel

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