15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Bryson City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Wilmington
— 4 nights
Drive + ferry:  5​h 15​min
4
Ocracoke
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Whiteside Mountain. Explore Bryson City's surroundings by going to Highlands (Dry Falls & Bust Your Butt Falls) and Carolina Outfitters (in Topton). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians at Bryson City, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and stop by The What's Hot Shop.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryson City route builder .

Newark to Bryson City is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Newark in June, expect little chillier with lows of 59°F in Bryson City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Highlands, Cherokee, Whiteside Mountain, Carolina Outfitters
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get outdoors at Zipline and Slick Rock Country Emporium. Get some historical perspective at Basilica of Saint Lawrence and E.H. Sloop Chapel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Grandfather Mountain (in Linville), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Pisgah National Forest (in Pisgah Forest). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Parkway, admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Asheville trip planner .

Drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In June in Asheville, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Pisgah National Forest, Slick Rock Country Emporium, E.H. Sloop Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

4
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Step out of the city life by going to Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex and Holden Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Battleship North Carolina and Trinity United Methodist Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Wilmington: The Smash Shack (in Jacksonville), Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island) and Hammocks Beach State Park (in Swansboro). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Bald Head Island Beach, contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, look for gifts at Cape Fear Spice Merchants, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Carolina Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wilmington online trip planner .

You can fly from Asheville to Wilmington in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Wilmington when traveling from Asheville in June, with lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Carolina Beach, Hammocks Beach State Park, The Smash Shack, Bald Head Island Beach, Oak Island Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Hammocks Beach State Park ©
Hammocks Beach State Park
Holden Beach ©
Holden Beach

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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach Fires, then take an in-depth tour of Ocracoke Preservation Museum, then contemplate the long history of Fort Ocracoke Monument, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetery, then enjoy the sea views from Ocracoke Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ocracoke trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Wilmington to Ocracoke in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July in Ocracoke, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Ocracoke

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

2
nights
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, take in the exciting artwork at The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Currituck Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kill Devil Hills holiday planner .

Getting from Ocracoke to Kill Devil Hills by car takes about 3 hours. In July in Kill Devil Hills, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nags Head, Corolla
Highlights from your plan
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

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