15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner

Make it your trip
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Asheville
— 4 nights
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Bryson City
— 2 nights
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Charlotte
— 1 night
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
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Beaufort
— 2 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
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Nags Head
— 1 night
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Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You've now added Dollywood to your itinerary. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford), Parrot Mountain & Gardens (in Pigeon Forge) and Zipline (in Sevierville). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, learn about winemaking at Noble Cider, sample some tasty brews at BREW-ed, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip itinerary planner.

Raleigh to Asheville is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or fly; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Raleigh in August, with highs in Asheville at 82°F and lows at 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 (Thu): get outside with Nantahala on the Fly, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then go deep underground at Nantahala Gorge Ruby Mine, and finally learn about winemaking at Deep Creek Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome, and then admire all the interesting features of Newfound Gap Road.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bryson City trip planner.

Getting from Asheville to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Bryson City can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Charlotte

— 1 night

The Queen City

A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
On the 7th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Levine Museum of the New South, then examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then sample the fine beverages at Muddy River Distillery, and finally find something for the whole family at Carowinds.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Charlotte online day trip planner.

Drive from Bryson City to Charlotte in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In August, Charlotte is somewhat warmer than Bryson City - with highs of 88°F and lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Theme Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Wilmington

— 2 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex and then step off the mainland to explore Topsail Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Historic District, then make a trip to Riverwalk, then observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and finally look for gifts at The Veggie Wagon.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Wilmington journey maker.

Fly from Charlotte to Wilmington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Beaufort

— 2 nights
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): examine the collection at North Carolina Maritime Museum, visit Island Express Ferry Service, and then identify plant and animal life at Shackleford Banks. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, admire the majestic nature at Fort Macon State Park, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, and finally look for gifts at Wings Beachwear.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Beaufort trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Beaufort takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Transportation

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Frisco Beach, and then see what you can catch with Godspeed Charters. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hatteras Island road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Beaufort to Hatteras Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. August in Hatteras Island sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

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.
On the 14th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally get in on the family fun at Full Throttle Speedway.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nags Head road trip planner.

Drive from Hatteras Island to Nags Head in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 72°F. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.