15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  5​h 15​min
2
Ocracoke
— 1 day
ferry + Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Raleigh
— 2 nights
End: Raleigh

2
nights
Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at The Grass Course and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carova Beach.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Corolla route site .

Charlotte to Corolla is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. April in Corolla sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Golf Tours

Side Trip

Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Whalehead Club ©
Whalehead Club
The Grass Course ©
The Grass Course

1
day
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 21st (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Ocracoke Pony Pens, look for gifts at Books to Be Red, then look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, and finally view the masterpieces at Over the Moon.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ocracoke planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Corolla to Ocracoke takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in April, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Springers Point ©
Springers Point
Ocracoke Pony Pens ©
Ocracoke Pony Pens
Over the Moon ©
Over the Moon

3
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kids will enjoy Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex and Soundside Park. Take a break from the city and head to Sea Turtle Camp and Tidewater Golf Club. Get out of town with these interesting Wilmington side-trips: Duplin Winery (in Rose Hill), Topsail Island Trading Company (in Surf City) and Moore's Creek National Battlefield (in Currie).

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Wilmington trip maker website .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Wilmington in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Ocracoke, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Wilmington, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Surf City, Moore's Creek National Battlefield, Duplin Winery, Tidewater Golf Club, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
Highlights from your plan
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Duplin Winery ©
Duplin Winery
Moore's Creek National Battlefield ©
Moore's Creek National Battlefield

2
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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 25th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Mountain National Military Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Reed Gold Mine, identify plant and animal life at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, then get curious at Carolina Raptor Center, and finally see the interesting displays at Mint Museum Uptown.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Charlotte planner .

You can fly from Wilmington to Charlotte in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April, daytime highs in Charlotte are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Huntersville, Reed Gold Mine, Kings Mountain National Military Park
Highlights from your plan
Kings Mountain National Military Park ©
Carolina Raptor Center ©
Carolina Raptor Center
Mint Museum Uptown ©
Mint Museum Uptown

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum and Lexington Glassworks. Explore hidden gems such as Clingmans Dome and Tuckaleechee Caverns. When in Asheville, make a side trip to see Roaring Fork in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, take in the exciting artwork at St.Claire Art, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get a taste of the local shopping with American Folk Art & Framing.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, read our Asheville trip planner .

Getting from Charlotte to Asheville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Charlotte in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 45°F in Asheville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Tuckaleechee Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

2
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, then identify plant and animal life at Duke Lemur Center, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Ava Gardner Museum and then learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Raleigh road trip planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Raleigh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Raleigh can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Durham, Ava Gardner Museum
Highlights from your plan
Duke Lemur Center ©
Duke Lemur Center
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel

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