15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Aldie
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Bryson City
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
7
Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
End: Aldie

1
night
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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 (Tue), engage your brain at Discovery Place Science, then get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Charlotte online trip planner .

Aldie to Charlotte is an approximately 4-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. July in Charlotte sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Place Science ©
Discovery Place Science
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
Room Escape Games

1
night
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. On the 7th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Flat Top Manor.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Blowing Rock day trip planner.

Getting from Charlotte to Blowing Rock by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, Blowing Rock is slightly colder than Charlotte - with highs of 78°F and lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mast General Store, Grandfather Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Flat Top Manor ©
Flat Top Manor

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Biltmore, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On your second day here, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then get a taste of the local shopping with Lexington Glassworks, and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip website .

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Blowing Rock in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Zipline
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Zipline
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Bryson City

Bryson City
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes NOC Outfitter's Store. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome, then kick your exploration up a notch at NOC Outfitter's Store, then look for gifts at Bryson City Outdoors, and finally explore and take pictures at Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryson City trip planner.

Getting from Asheville to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
NOC Outfitter's Store
NOC Outfitter's Store
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking ©

2
nights
Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Go for a jaunt from Corolla to Carova to see Carova Beach about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, identify plant and animal life at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, and steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Corolla journey maker .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Bryson City to Corolla in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Bryson City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Corolla, with lows of 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Duck, Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum ©

3
nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes OBX Airplanes. Step out of Manteo with an excursion to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, relax in the rural setting at Island Farm, and browse the exhibits of Wright Brothers National Memorial.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Manteo itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Corolla to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manteo

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Nags Head, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Wright Brothers National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
OBX Airplanes ©
OBX Airplanes
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

3
nights
Nags Head

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nags Head: Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe) and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park, get your game on at Mutiny Bay Adventure Golf, take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk, and steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nags Head trip planning site .

Nags Head is very close to Manteo. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, Duck Town Boardwalk, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Wright Brothers National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Parasailing & Paragliding

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