15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina vacation planner

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Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edenton
— 1 night
Drive
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Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ocracoke
— 1 night
Drive
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Harkers Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Charlotte
— 2 nights
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Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Grovewood Village and New Morning Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, stroll the grounds of Riverside Cemetery, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville online road trip planner.

Indianapolis to Asheville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Edenton.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Edenton

— 1 night
Edenton is a town on Albemarle Sound in Chowan County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Historic Edenton State Historic Site, then stroll the grounds of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, then make a trip to 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, and finally steep yourself in history at Barker House.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Edenton trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Edenton takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Asheville in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Edenton, with lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Edenton

Historic Sites · Museums

Corolla

— 2 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours, look for gifts at Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts, then explore the galleries of Whalehead Club, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Currituck Beach. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, then surround yourself with nature on Back Country Safari Tours, and finally trek along Currituck Banks Reserve.

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

Traveling by car from Edenton to Corolla takes 2.5 hours. In May in Corolla, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 3 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Visiting Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and Island Farm. Step out of Manteo with an excursion to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rodanthe--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit, and enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Manteo driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Corolla to Manteo in 1.5 hours. In May in Manteo, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Manteo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, look for gifts at Lee Robinson's General Store, then examine the collection at Hatteras Island Ocean Center, and finally kick back and relax at Frisco Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hatteras Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manteo to Hatteras Island takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Hatteras Island are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Ocracoke Preservation Museum, then view the masterpieces at Over the Moon, and finally identify plant and animal life at Springers Point.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ocracoke trip itinerary maker app.

You can ride a ferry from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Harkers Island.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Harkers Island

— 1 night
Harkers Island is a census-designated place (CDP) in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Shackleford Banks, get engrossed in the history at Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Harkers Island road trip tool.

Getting from Ocracoke to Harkers Island by car takes about 3.5 hours. May in Harkers Island sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Harkers Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, engage your brain at Carolina Raptor Center, and then examine the collection at Mint Museum Uptown. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Carolinas Aviation Museum, examine the collection at Hendrick Motorsports Complex, and then examine the collection at Levine Museum of the New South.

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Drive from Harkers Island to Charlotte in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Harkers Island in May since evenings lows in Charlotte dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Childrens Museums

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.