15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly + Drive:  17​h 45​min
1
Corolla
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Mount Airy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Budapest

1
night
Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Carova Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Currituck Banks Reserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Currituck Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Corolla trip itinerary planning app .

Budapest, Hungary to Corolla is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Budapest to Corolla. Traveling from Budapest in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Corolla, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Carova Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Frisco Beach and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Blue Pelican Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Hatteras Island to Rodanthe to see Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge about 50 minutes away.

Plan my day in Hatteras Island using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Corolla to Hatteras Island in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore ©
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): look for gifts at Cape Fear Spice Merchants, learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Holden Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Franklin Square Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Oak Island Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Wilmington trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Hatteras Island to Wilmington by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. In August, daytime highs in Wilmington are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mount Airy.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Oak Island Beach, Holden Beach, Franklin Square Gallery
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Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Holden Beach ©
Holden Beach
Cape Fear Spice Merchants ©
Cape Fear Spice Merchants

2
nights
Mount Airy

Mount Airy ©
Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): examine the collection at The Andy Griffith Museum, cruise along Blue Ridge Parkway, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Mayberry Antique Mall. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Mayberry Replica Courthouse, learn about winemaking at JOLO Winery & Vineyards, then stop by Bear Creek Gifts And Bear Creek Fudge Factory, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Mt. Airy.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mount Airy day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Mount Airy takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Mount Airy is slightly colder than Wilmington - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Mount Airy

Outdoors Scenic Drive Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, JOLO Winery & Vineyards
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Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
JOLO Winery & Vineyards ©
JOLO Winery & Vineyards
The Andy Griffith Museum ©
The Andy Griffith Museum

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at New Morning Gallery and Philip DeAngelo Studio. For shopping fun, head to Woolworth Walk or Biltmore Village. Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, get a taste of the local shopping with Lexington Glassworks, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and view the masterpieces at Blue Spiral 1.

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You can drive from Mount Airy to Asheville in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Asheville sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping Museums Tours

Side Trip

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
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Biltmore Village ©
Biltmore Village
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company

1
night
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 22nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bryson City road trip tool .

Getting from Asheville to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August in Bryson City, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

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