15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Hatteras Island
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Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Nags Head
— 3 nights
Fly
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Highlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Raleigh
— 3 nights
Fly

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Hatteras Island

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, look for gifts at Scotch Bonnet, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Frisco Beach, and finally see what you can catch with Godspeed Charters.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hatteras Island journey builder website.

London, UK to Hatteras Island is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Hatteras Island. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Hatteras Island at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nags Head side-trips: Corolla (Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, Off-Road Tours, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, and get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nags Head using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hatteras Island to Nags Head takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Highlands.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Highlands

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 19th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Bust Your Butt Falls.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Highlands online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nags Head to Highlands in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Nags Head in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Highlands, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Cherokee

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 20th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Waterrock Knob.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cherokee driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Highlands to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Parks · Nature · Casinos

Side Trips

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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Hendersonville (Justus Orchard & Bearwallow Mountain). There's still lots to do: sample some tasty brews at BREW-ed, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, shop like a local with Red House Studios and Art Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Points of Light Crystal and Mineral Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Asheville day trip site.

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Raleigh

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Durham History, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally walk around Pullen Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): engage your brain at Marbles Kids Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then look for all kinds of wild species at Fletcher Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Umstead State Park.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Raleigh itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Asheville to Raleigh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September in Raleigh, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

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.