14 days in North Carolina Itinerary

14 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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14 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Houston

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 5th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual.

To find where to stay and tourist information, go to the Cherokee tour itinerary planner.

Houston to Cherokee is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Cherokee due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Houston in September, with highs in Cherokee at 79°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Oconaluftee Islands Park ©
Oconaluftee Islands Park
Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual ©
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pisgah National Forest and Room Escape Games. Go for a jaunt from Asheville to Lake Lure to see Lake Lure Flowering Bridge about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and look for gifts at Asheville Bee Charmer.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Asheville online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Asheville

Nature Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Pisgah National Forest, Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest
River Rafting & Tubing
Lake Lure Flowering Bridge ©
Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Explore hidden gems such as Oak Island Beaches and Haag and Sons Seafood. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Southport Pier and RIverwalk (in Southport), Kure Beach (Kure Beach Pier, Fort Fisher State Historic Site, & more) and Surf City (Topsail Island Trading Company & Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington and take a leisurely stroll along Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip planner.

Fly from Asheville to Wilmington in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Wilmington, with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

Kure Beach, Surf City, Oak Island, Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Southport Pier and RIverwalk
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Wilmington ©
Downtown Wilmington
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area ©
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

2
nights
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
Explore hidden gems such as Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Salvo Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hatteras Island attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Hatteras Island takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras National Seashore ©
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Avon Fishing Pier ©
Avon Fishing Pier
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum ©
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum and Duck Town Boardwalk. Get out of town with these interesting Nags Head side-trips: Corolla (Carova Beach & Whalehead in Historic Corolla). There's lots more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Roanoke Island Festival Park, relax in the rural setting at Island Farm, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nags Head trip planning tool .

Drive from Hatteras Island to Nags Head in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Nags Head are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Manteo, Rodanthe, Whalehead Club, Duck Town Boardwalk, Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Duck Town Boardwalk ©
Duck Town Boardwalk

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