14 days in North Carolina Itinerary

14 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Cherokee — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sutton and Son's Antiques, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Barber Orchard Fruitstand, and then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, stop by Country Traditions, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cherokee trip itinerary tool.

Columbus to Cherokee is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. August in Cherokee sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Asheville.
Shopping · Adventure · Casinos · Tours
Side Trips

Asheville — 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Head to New Morning Gallery and Lexington Glassworksfor some retail therapy. Step out of Asheville to go to Hendersonville and see Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Grovewood Village, cruise along Blue Ridge Parkway, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and take a stroll through River Arts District.

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You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Wilmington.
Shopping · Museums · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Wilmington — 4 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Do your shopping at Lighthouse Beer & Wine and Expo 216. Get out of town with these interesting Wilmington side-trips: Sacred Willow Spa (in Calabash), Franklin Square Gallery (in Southport) and Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island). The adventure continues: shop like a local with Motts Channel Seafood, visit Downtown Wilmington, take a stroll through Historic District, and brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina.

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

Fly from Asheville to Wilmington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in August, expect Wilmington to be a bit warmer, temps between 88°F and 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.
Shopping · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

Raleigh — 2 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, wander the streets of North Hills, and then take in the exciting artwork at Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery. Keep things going the next day: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Curious Peddler, take in the exciting artwork at FRANK Gallery, then stop by Womancraft Gifts, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Carrboro Farmers Market.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Raleigh trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Wilmington to Raleigh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Corolla.
Shopping · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trips

Corolla — 3 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Shop till you drop at Outer Barks and Timbuck II. Venture out of the city with trips to Parasailing & Paragliding (in Duck) and Carova Beach (in Carova). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Currituck Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, and play a few rounds at The Grass Course.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Corolla travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Raleigh to Corolla by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. In August in Corolla, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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.