16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  5 h 15 min
1
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Raleigh
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h
End: New York City

1
night
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 1st (Fri), look for gifts at Bryson City Outdoors.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bryson City route planner.

New York City to Bryson City is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Bryson City, with highs around 75°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Cherokee
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Bryson City Outdoors ©
Bryson City Outdoors
Pincu Pottery ©
Pincu Pottery

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Bearwallow Mountain (in Hendersonville). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Biltmore, look for gifts at Instant Karma Asheville, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Asheville trip planner.

Getting from Bryson City to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Zipline, Bearwallow Mountain, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Blue Ridge Pkwy
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Zipline

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.
On the 6th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Carowinds, browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, and then see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Discovery Place Science, test your team's savvy at Escape Kings, and then see the interesting displays at Mint Museum Uptown.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Charlotte day trip planning site.

You can drive from Asheville to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and flight. May in Charlotte sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

3
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (in Southport) and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach). The adventure continues: get your game on at Battle House Laser Tag, do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery, wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington, and make a trip to Riverwalk.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Wilmington using our trip planner.

Fly from Charlotte to Wilmington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Wilmington

Neighborhoods Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry, The Veggie Wagon
Highlights from your plan
Battle House Laser Tag ©
Battle House Laser Tag
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Noni Bacca Winery ©
Noni Bacca Winery

3
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Explore Raleigh's surroundings by going to Durham (Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke University Chapel, &more) and Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville). There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Raleigh tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Wilmington to Raleigh by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in Raleigh sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Durham, Airborne and Special Operations Museum
Highlights from your plan
Urban Axes Durham ©
Urban Axes Durham
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art

3
nights
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nags Head: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton) and Corolla (Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum & Off-Road Tours). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit, stop by The Christmas Shop, and enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Nags Head driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Nags Head takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In May in Nags Head, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Manteo, Corolla, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Parasailing & Paragliding, Wright Brothers National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Off-Road Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

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