15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Raleigh
— 1 night
Drive
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Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive to Swan Quarter, NC, Ferry to Ocracoke
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Ocracoke
— 1 night
Ferry to Cedar Island, NC, Drive to Wilmington
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Wilmington
— 1 night
Fly
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Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
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Raleigh

— 1 night

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, and finally walk around Pullen Park. Keep things going the next day: get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, get curious at Marbles Kids Museum, then trek along Neuse River Trail, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Main St. Community Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Raleigh trip itinerary planning site.

San Francisco to Raleigh is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Raleigh. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect nights in Raleigh to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Nags Head

— 2 nights
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 12th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, look for gifts at KDH Cooperative Gallery and Studios, then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coquina Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nags Head trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Raleigh to Nags Head by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Raleigh in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nags Head, with lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Ocracoke

— 1 night
Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguard Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ocracoke trip maker site.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Nags Head to Ocracoke in 5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Wilmington

— 1 night
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, then look for gifts at Old Books on Front Street, then don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, and finally get your game on at Battle House Laser Tag. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, then view the masterpieces at Franklin Square Gallery, then wander the streets of Historic District, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Wilmington tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Wilmington takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In September in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

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 17th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, then browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, and then find something for the whole family at Carowinds. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Levine Museum of the New South, see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Kings, and finally see where the action happens at The Bank of America Stadium.

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Fly from Wilmington to Charlotte in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 63°F in Charlotte. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Wildlife

Side Trip

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Slick Rock Country Emporium (in Hendersonville) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Asheville online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Asheville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. September in Asheville sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 2 nights

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then sample the fine beverages at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., then examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Waterrock Knob. Here are some ideas for day two: try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cherokee trip planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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.