15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Raleigh Durham International Airport, Drive to Raleigh
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Raleigh
— 1 night
Drive
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Corolla
— 3 nights
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Asheville
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
Fly
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Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive to Raleigh Durham International Airport, Fly to George Airport

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Raleigh

— 1 night

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 2nd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Historic Yates Mill County Park and then shop like a local with Videri Chocolate Factory. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Bennett Place Historic Site, then identify plant and animal life at Duke Lemur Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Umstead State Park.

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George, South Africa to Raleigh is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from George to Raleigh due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from George in July, with highs in Raleigh at 38°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Corolla

— 3 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Relax by the water at Carova Beach and Currituck Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. And it doesn't end there: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, get interesting insight from Tours, and stop by Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Corolla driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Raleigh to Corolla in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In July in Corolla, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get a sense of the local culture at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and Grovewood Village. Popular historic sites such as Thomas Wolfe Memorial and Riverside Cemetery are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Hendersonville (Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards & Burntshirt Vineyards). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Biltmore, take in the exciting artwork at Blue Spiral 1, wander the streets of Asheville Drum Circle, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville day trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Corolla to Asheville in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Corolla in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Asheville, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 2 nights

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 10th (Sat), examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get outside with Carolina Outfitters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Waterrock Knob, then admire the sheer force of Soco Falls, and then take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cherokee trip tool.

Drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Cherokee

Nature · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 3 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Cape Fear Museum, kick back and relax at Holden Beach, and then stroll through Oak Island Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Bellamy Mansion, then stop by Downtown Wilmington, then contemplate the long history of Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, and finally stop by The Veggie Wagon.

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Fly from Cherokee to Wilmington in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cherokee in July: high temperatures in Wilmington hover around 37°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.