15 days in North Carolina Mountains & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Mountains & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

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Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 1 day
Drive
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Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
Fly
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Corolla
— 3 nights
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Asheville — 2 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll the grounds of Riverside Cemetery, then grab your bike and head to Adventure Center of Asheville, and then look for gifts at Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip planner.

Colorado Springs to Asheville is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Asheville, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bryson City.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Adventure · Outdoors

Bryson City — 1 day

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Indian Creek Falls and then hike along Tom Branch Falls.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryson City trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Bryson City can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.
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Blowing Rock — 2 nights

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Linville Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rough Ridge Lookout, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Bass Lake.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock road trip planning tool.

Drive from Bryson City to Blowing Rock in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 2 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Camp and then stroll around Ogden Park. On your second day here, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Wilmington online holiday builder.

You can fly from Blowing Rock to Wilmington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in June, things will get a bit warmer in Wilmington: highs are around 88°F and lows about 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hatteras Island.
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Hatteras Island — 2 nights

On the 9th (Thu), stop by Lee Robinson's General Store, then cast your line with Godspeed Charters, and then kick back and relax at Frisco Beach. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Point Beach, and then stroll through Shelley Island.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hatteras Island tour planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Hatteras Island takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Wilmington in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hatteras Island: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manteo.
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Manteo, Roanoke Island — 3 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Step out of the city life by going to Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Bodie Island Lighthouse and Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Coquina Beach, stop by The Christmas Shop, and get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manteo trip app.

Getting from Hatteras Island to Manteo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Corolla.
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Corolla — 3 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Beach Jeeps of Corolla. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Currituck Beach and Duck's Cottage. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, relax and rejuvenate at Village Yoga, and explore the galleries of Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Corolla driving holiday planner.

Getting from Manteo to Corolla by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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North Carolina Mountains travel guide

4.5
Historic Sites · Zipline · River Rafting & Tubing
Called the "Land of the Blue Mist" by the Cherokee Indians, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are one of the world's most biologically diverse wilderness areas. The vast national park sheltering the native wildlife of these ancient mountains offers a close look at the area's nature and its people. A perfect spot for a tranquil vacation, the blue-misted mountains are one of the country's few World Heritage Sites, protecting the largest old-growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Things to do for adventurous visitors include whitewater rafting and river tubing, while those interested in more urbane entertainment can explore the area's many small towns on the 750 km (470 mi) scenic road meandering over the mountains.
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North Carolina Coast travel guide

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Historic Sites · Lighthouses · Piers & Boardwalks
Plan a trip to North Carolina Coast to explore a lengthy stretch of barrier island beaches. While there, you'll have a chance to discover some 480 km (300 mi) of beaches, each offering a different vibe and a range of activities. As you holiday in North Carolina Coast, you'll also find many coastal towns, adding urban things to do to your itinerary. Things to do in North Carolina Coast range from wreck diving and working on that perfect tan, to dining at fine restaurants and exploring historical sites.
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