15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Wilmington
— 3 nights
2
Beaufort
— 3 nights
3
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
4
Corolla
— 3 nights
5
Bryson City
— 3 nights

3
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Visit Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Oak Island Beach and Holden Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Wilmington side-trips: Federal Point History Center (in Carolina Beach) and Oak Island Lighthouse (in Oak Island). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Carolina Beach State Park, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and learn about all things military at Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Wilmington sightseeing app.

San Salvador, El Salvador to Wilmington is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Wilmington are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach and Springers Point. Get in touch with nature at Hammocks Beach State Park and Cape Lookout National Seashore. Take a break from Beaufort with a short trip to British Cemetery in Ocracoke, about 3h 45 min away. There's more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and make a trip to Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Beaufort online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Beaufort takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In August in Beaufort, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to 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 wealth of natural beauty at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and then get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at The Christmas Shop, look for all kinds of wild species at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, and then kick back and relax at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manteo online day trip planner.

You can drive from Beaufort to Manteo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In August, daily temperatures in Manteo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time 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 ©
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge ©
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

3
nights
Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Carova Beach and Currituck Beach. Get in touch with nature at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stroll through Currituck Banks Reserve, steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, and see the interesting displays at Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Corolla route builder tool.

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

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach
Currituck Banks Reserve ©
Currituck Banks Reserve

3
nights
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Soco Falls and Whiteside Mountain. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Carolina Outfitters. Change things up with these side-trips from Bryson City: Wehrloom Honey (in Robbinsville) and Highlands (Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park & The Bascom). There's more to do: cruise along Cherohala Skyway and take in the exciting artwork at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bryson City route builder website.

Traveling by flight from Corolla to Bryson City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Corolla in August; daily highs in Bryson City reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Highlands, Soco Falls, Whiteside Mountain, Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Wehrloom Honey
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Cherohala Skyway ©
Cherohala Skyway

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