13 days in North Carolina, Port Austin & Fort Wainwright Itinerary

13 days in North Carolina, Port Austin & Fort Wainwright Itinerary

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Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive
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Raleigh
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
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Drive to Asheville Regional Airport, Fly to MBS International Airport, Drive to Port Austin
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Port Austin
— 2 nights
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Drive to MBS International Airport, Fly to Fairbanks International Airport, Drive to Fort Wainwright
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Fort Wainwright
— 2 nights
Drive to Fairbanks International Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport

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Nags Head

— 1 night
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, see Off-Road Tours, and then stop by Mom's Sweet Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, then take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally take a pleasant ride with Outer Banks Horseback.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nags Head holiday planner.

New York City to Nags Head is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 1 night

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 4th (Fri), learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally walk around Pullen Park.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Raleigh itinerary tool.

Getting from Nags Head to Raleigh by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nags Head in September since evenings lows in Raleigh dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: Grandad's Apples (in Hendersonville), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and French Broad Adventures (in Marshall). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Biltmore, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Asheville online attractions planner.

Drive from Raleigh to Asheville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 3 nights

Trails of Legends and Adventures

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): kick your exploration up a notch at Highlands Aerial Park, admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, and then hike along Devil's Courthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cherokee trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Austin.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Port Austin

— 2 nights
Port Austin is a village in Huron County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Port Crescent State Park, identify plant and animal life at The Huron County Nature Center & Wilderness Arboretum, then learn about winemaking at Dizzy Daisy Winery, and finally enjoy the sea views from Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Port Austin Farmers Market and then view the masterpieces at White Church Gallery of Grindstone.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Port Austin holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Cherokee to Port Austin with the Route module. When traveling from Cherokee in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Austin: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Wainwright.

Things to do in Port Austin

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Fort Wainwright

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): stroll through Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area and then steep yourself in history at Alaskan Pipeline.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Fort Wainwright vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Port Austin to Fort Wainwright. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Port Austin in September, expect nights in Fort Wainwright to be colder, around 36°F, while days are little chillier, around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Wainwright

Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · 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.