15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  6​h
1
Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Ocracoke
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Bryson City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Detroit

2
nights
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 1st (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Currituck Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Carova Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Currituck Banks Reserve.

Make your Corolla itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Detroit to Corolla is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Detroit in September, expect Corolla to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Manteo.

Things to do in Corolla

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Whalehead Club ©
Whalehead Club
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach

2
nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and then take an in-depth tour of Buffalo City Exhibit. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, then make a trip to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, and then kick back and relax at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Manteo trip planner .

You can drive from Corolla to Manteo in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Corolla in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Manteo: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Rodanthe
Highlights from your plan
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site ©
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse ©
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

2
nights
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 6th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, then contemplate the long history of Fort Ocracoke Monument, then identify plant and animal life at Springers Point, and finally stroll the grounds of British Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Ocracoke Lighthouse, get a taste of the local shopping with Over the Moon, then take an in-depth tour of Ocracoke Preservation Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Ocracoke Beach Fires.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ocracoke travel planning site .

You can drive from Manteo to Ocracoke in 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ocracoke are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Ocracoke

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

2
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 Holden Beach and Carolina Beach State Park. Bellamy Mansion and Fort Fisher State Historic Site will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (in Kure Beach) and Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington, admire the masterpieces at Cameron Art Museum, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Wilmington online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Wilmington takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In September in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Bryson City.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Oak Island Beach, Holden Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bellamy Mansion ©
Bellamy Mansion
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area ©
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
Fort Fisher State Historic Site ©
Fort Fisher State Historic Site

2
nights
Bryson City

Bryson City ©
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Pincu Pottery, and then explore and take pictures at Cherohala Skyway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, take in the dramatic scenery at Soco Falls, and then get outside with Carolina Outfitters.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bryson City travel route builder website .

Getting from Wilmington to Bryson City by combination of flight and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Wilmington in September, things will get a bit cooler in Bryson City: highs are around 79°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Carolina Outfitters, Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Soco Falls, Cherohala Skyway
Highlights from your plan
Cherohala Skyway ©
Cherohala Skyway
Soco Falls ©
Soco Falls
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Craggy Gardens. Discover out-of-the-way places like Asheville Drum Circle and Woolworth Walk. Take a break from Asheville with a short trip to Pisgah National Forest in Pisgah Forest, about 56 minutes away. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Grovewood Village and contemplate the long history of Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read our Asheville trip planner .

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Pisgah National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village

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