15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive
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Highlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): experience rural life at Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Waterrock Knob, then examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., and finally try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Cherokee online road trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Cherokee is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Brussels to Cherokee, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Brussels, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cherokee, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Cherokee

Fun & Games · Museums · Nature · Casinos

Side Trips

Highlands

— 1 night
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, then take in the awesome beauty at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

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

Drive from Cherokee to Highlands in 1.5 hours. October in Highlands sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Hendersonville (Grandad's Apples & Justus Orchard), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and see the interesting displays at The Folk Art Center.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville attractions planner.

Getting from Highlands to Asheville by car takes about 2 hours. October in Asheville sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): experience rural life at Darby Acres Farm, then find something for the whole family at Carowinds, and then stroll around Freedom Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, join the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and then experience rural life at Wise Acres Organic Strawberry Farm.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Charlotte trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Corolla

— 2 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 24th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Back Country Safari Tours, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Currituck Banks Reserve. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, enjoy the sand and surf at Currituck Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Corolla travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Charlotte to Corolla in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. October in Corolla sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Raleigh

— 2 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 26th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and then gain insight at Duke University. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, look for all kinds of wild species at Fletcher Park, then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally stroll around Pullen Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Raleigh day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Raleigh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In October, daytime highs in Raleigh are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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 28th (Thu): stop by Historic District, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and then make a trip to Riverwalk.

To find reviews and other tourist information, use the Wilmington trip planning website.

You can drive from Raleigh to Wilmington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Wilmington are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Neighborhoods

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.