15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Raleigh
— 1 night
2
Nags Head
— 2 nights
3
Ocracoke
— 1 night
4
Wilmington
— 1 night
5
Charlotte
— 2 nights
6
Asheville
— 3 nights
7
Cherokee
— 2 nights

1
night
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
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, thenadmire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, thencontemplate 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, thentrek 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-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 °F, while days are a bit warmer, around °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

Side Trips

Durham, Main St. Community Garden
Highlights from your plan
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Pullen Park ©
Pullen Park
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ©
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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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.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, look for gifts at KDH Cooperative Gallery and Studios, thenvisit 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, thenenjoy 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 train, bus, and car. Traveling from Raleigh in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nags Head, with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Coquina Beach
Highlights from your plan
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Jennette's Pier ©
Jennette's Pier

1
night
Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
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 Beach Fires, thenvisit 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 °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Ocracoke Lighthouse ©
Ocracoke Lighthouse

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night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
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, thenlook for gifts at Old Books on Front Street, thendon'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, thenview the masterpieces at Franklin Square Gallery, thenwander 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 °F during the day and °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 Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Southport, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Highlights from your plan
Battle House Laser Tag ©
Battle House Laser Tag
Room Escape Games
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, thenbrowse 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, thentest 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 °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

Side Trip

Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Carowinds ©
Carowinds
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
The Bank of America Stadium ©
The Bank of America Stadium

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nights
Asheville

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: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, 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 fly; or take a bus. September in Asheville sees daily highs of °F and lows of °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

Side Trips

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Slick Rock Country Emporium, Zipline, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Food Tours
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

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nights
Cherokee

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, thensample the fine beverages at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., thenexamine 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 °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Waterrock Knob ©
Waterrock Knob

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