15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Highlands
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 5 nights
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Wilmington
— 3 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
5
Corolla
— 2 nights

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Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 16th (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Gorges State Park, admire the sheer force of Whitewater Falls, and then identify plant and animal life at Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Glen Falls.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Highlands trip planner.

San Diego to Highlands is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Diego to Highlands, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Diego in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Highlands, with highs around 70°F, while nights are colder with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Whitewater Falls ©
Whitewater Falls
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain
Whiteside Mountain

5
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Asheville

Asheville ©

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Visiting Waterrock Knob and Tumblestone Tours and Transportation will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Grovewood Village and New Morning Gallery. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Soco Falls (in Maggie Valley), Barber Orchard Fruitstand (in Waynesville) and Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (in Flat Rock). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Thomas Wolfe Memorial, shop like a local with St.Claire Art, explore the world behind art at Downtown Asheville Art District, and do a tasting at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville vacation planner.

You can drive from Highlands to Asheville in 2 hours. October in Asheville sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Waterrock Knob ©
Waterrock Knob
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village
New Morning Gallery ©
New Morning Gallery

3
nights
Wilmington

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Explore hidden gems such as Oak Island Beach and Spas. Visiting Holden Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (in Surf City) and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (in Kure Beach). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Poplar Grove Plantation, look for gifts at The Veggie Wagon, wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington, and see the interesting displays at Bellamy Mansion.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Wilmington travel route builder site.

Traveling by flight from Asheville to Wilmington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Asheville in October, with highs in Wilmington at 77°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area ©
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

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Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, look for all kinds of wild species at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Manteo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Manteo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Wilmington in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Manteo: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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

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Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 28th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours, and then kick back and relax at Carova Beach. On your second day here, trek along Currituck Banks Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Currituck Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education.

To see photos and tourist information, read Corolla trip planner.

You can drive from Manteo to Corolla in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Whalehead Club ©
Whalehead Club
Back Country Safari Tours ©
Back Country Safari Tours
Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education ©

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