15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: San Salvador
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Wilmington
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Beaufort
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Corolla
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Bryson City
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: San Salvador

3
nights
Wilmington

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Visit Holden Beach and Oak Island Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Carolina Beach State Park. Explore Wilmington's surroundings by going to Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum (in Bald Head Island), Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (in Kure Beach) and Oak Island Lighthouse (in Oak Island). There's more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Fort Fisher State Historic Site and learn more about the world around you at Federal Point History Center.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Wilmington trip planner .

San Salvador, El Salvador to Wilmington is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Salvador to Wilmington. August in Wilmington sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carolina Beach, Oak Island, Kure Beach, Holden Beach, Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area ©

3
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach and Hammocks Beach State Park. Step out of the city life by going to Cape Lookout National Seashore and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore Beaufort's surroundings by going to Ocracoke (British Cemetery & Springers Point). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Beaufort trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Wilmington to Beaufort in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ocracoke, Scuba & Snorkeling, Hammocks Beach State Park, Cape Lookout National Seashore
Highlights from your plan
Hammocks Beach State Park ©
Hammocks Beach State Park
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore

2
nights
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 10th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and then take an in-depth tour of Buffalo City Exhibit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): look for gifts at The Christmas Shop, identify plant and animal life at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, and then identify plant and animal life at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Manteo road trip site .

You can drive from Beaufort to Manteo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In August in Manteo, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Visit Whalehead Club and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum for their historical value. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Currituck Beach and Carova Beach. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, take a memorable tour with Tours, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and examine the collection at Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Stpre.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Corolla road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Manteo to Corolla takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Bryson City.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Whalehead Club ©
Whalehead Club
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach
Currituck Banks Reserve ©
Currituck Banks Reserve

3
nights
Bryson City

Bryson City ©
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carolina Outfitters and Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park. Visiting Whiteside Mountain and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to The Bascom (in Highlands), Soco Falls (in Maggie Valley) and Wehrloom Honey (in Robbinsville). There's more to do: take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway and stop by Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bryson City holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Corolla to Bryson City takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. In August, Bryson City is slightly colder than Corolla - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Highlands, Carolina Outfitters, Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Soco Falls, Whiteside Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Cherohala Skyway ©
Cherohala Skyway
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Soco Falls ©
Soco Falls

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