15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
2
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Beaufort
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Robbinsville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Chicago

1
night
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Outer Banks Adventures as well as Nor'Banks Sailing & Watersports. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): fly like a bird with Nor'Banks Sailing & Watersports.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nags Head trip itinerary maker .

Chicago to Nags Head is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Chicago to Nags Head, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nags Head, with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife

Side Trips

Nor'Banks Sailing & Watersports, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Nor'Banks Sailing & Watersports ©
Nor'Banks Sailing & Watersports
Outer Banks Adventures ©
Outer Banks Adventures
Mutiny Bay Adventure Golf ©
Mutiny Bay Adventure Golf

2
nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 7th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and then get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Jumpmasters Trampoline Park, visit a coastal fixture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, and then identify plant and animal life at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Manteo trip itinerary builder site .

Manteo is very close to Nags Head. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Beaufort.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site ©
Jumpmasters Trampoline Park ©
Jumpmasters Trampoline Park

3
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cape Lookout National Seashore and Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach. Bring the kids along to Hammocks Beach State Park and Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier. Change things up with a short trip to Springers Point in Ocracoke (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, stop by The Artestry Hideaway, and head off the coast to Shackleford Banks.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Beaufort journey maker app .

Drive from Manteo to Beaufort in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In June, daytime highs in Beaufort are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ocracoke, Harkers Island, Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier, Hammocks Beach State Park
Highlights from your plan
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Shackleford Banks ©
Shackleford Banks

3
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Exit Games as well as Paddle NC. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Topsail Island and Topsail Island Trading Company. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Crossfire Paintball and Bald Head Island Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Wilmington: Old Brunswick County Jail Museum (in Southport) and Surf City Pier (in Surf City). There's much more to do: get your game on at Battle House, admire the masterpieces at Cameron Art Museum, and examine the collection at Museum of the Bizarre.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Wilmington trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Beaufort to Wilmington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Robbinsville.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trips

Surf City, Paddle NC, Bald Head Island Beach, Old Brunswick County Jail Museum
Highlights from your plan
Battle House ©
Battle House
Topsail Island ©
Topsail Island
The Exit Games ©
The Exit Games

1
night
Robbinsville

Robbinsville ©
Robbinsville is a town in Graham County, North Carolina, United States. You've now added Wildwater Nantahala Adventure Center to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get outside with Carolina Outfitters, let the river carry you with Wildwater Nantahala Adventure Center, and then admire the sheer force of Yellow Creek Falls. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Santeetlah Lake and then get outside with The Sinks.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Robbinsville trip builder tool .

Getting from Wilmington to Robbinsville by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly. In June, Robbinsville is little chillier than Wilmington - with highs of 83°F and lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Robbinsville

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

The Sinks, Wildwater Nantahala Adventure Center, Carolina Outfitters
Highlights from your plan
The Sinks ©
The Sinks
Santeetlah Lake ©
Santeetlah Lake

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kids will enjoy Western North Carolina Nature Center and Elijah Mountain Gem Mine. Step off the beaten path and head to Pisgah National Forest and Mount Mitchell State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Pisgah Forest Gem Mine (in Pisgah Forest) and Whitewater Falls (in Sapphire). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with St.Claire Art.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Asheville trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Robbinsville to Asheville by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Asheville are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Pisgah Forest, Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, Whitewater Falls, Mount Mitchell State Park
Highlights from your plan
Western North Carolina Nature Center ©
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest
Mount Mitchell State Park ©
Mount Mitchell State Park

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