13 days in North Carolina Itinerary

13 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina attractions planner
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Fly to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Drive to Boone
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Boone
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryson City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Surf City, Topsail Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Corolla
— 3 nights
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Dublin

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Boone — 1 night

Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, get interesting insight from Tours, and then contemplate the long history of Flat Top Manor. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Linville Gorge, take in the dramatic scenery at Linville Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, then identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain State Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Julian Price Memorial Park.

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Dublin, Ireland to Boone is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Dublin to Boone. In July, Boone is somewhat warmer than Dublin - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.
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Asheville — 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 4th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Thomas Wolfe Memorial, view the masterpieces at Grovewood Village, then shop like a local with Blue Spiral 1, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally take in the exciting artwork at New Morning Gallery.

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Getting from Boone to Asheville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Boone in July: highs in Asheville hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bryson City.
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Bryson City — 2 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Santeetlah Lake, and finally steep yourself in history at Mingus Mill. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Oconaluftee Islands Park, take in the exciting artwork at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, then get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bryson City trip planner.

Getting from Asheville to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Bryson City are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 2 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 7th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Cape Fear Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Bellamy Mansion, see the interesting displays at Wilmington Railroad Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Camp, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Carolina Beach State Park, learn about all things military at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, steep yourself in history at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, then look for gifts at North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, and finally stroll through Oak Island Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Wilmington travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Bryson City to Wilmington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bryson City in July, with highs in Wilmington at 37°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Surf City.
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Surf City, Topsail Island — 1 night

Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): head off the coast to Topsail Island, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, then take a leisurely stroll along Surf City Pier, and finally stroll around Soundside Park.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Surf City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Surf City takes an hour. July in Surf City sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manteo.
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Manteo, Roanoke Island — 2 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, and finally stop by The Christmas Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Island Farm, enjoy the sea views from Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, then make a trip to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Manteo road trip website.

Traveling by car from Surf City to Manteo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In July, daytime highs in Manteo are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Corolla.
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Corolla — 3 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 12th (Wed), kick back and relax at Carova Beach, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: hike along Currituck Banks Reserve, contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, identify plant and animal life at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, then examine the collection at Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Currituck Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Corolla trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manteo to Corolla takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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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.
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