16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner

Make it your trip
Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Asheville
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
Fly
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Raleigh
— 1 night
Drive
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Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Corolla
— 3 nights
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Drive to Norfolk International Airport, Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Wilkes-Barre

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Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get outdoors at Zipline and Blue Ridge Pkwy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Biltmore Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards (in Hendersonville) and The Right Track Toy Train Museum (in Lake Lure). Spend the 25th (Fri) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. The adventure continues: sample some tasty brews at BREW-ed, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the galleries of River Arts District, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Asheville tour itinerary planner.

Wilkes-Barre to Asheville is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Nature · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 2 nights

Trails of Legends and Adventures

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 29th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then head outdoors with Carolina Outfitters.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cherokee trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Cherokee are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Raleigh.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Adventure · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 1 night

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): see the interesting displays at North Carolina Museum of History, engage your brain at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally stroll through Fletcher Park.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Raleigh online trip builder.

Getting from Cherokee to Raleigh by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cherokee in June: high temperatures in Raleigh hover around 88°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Wilmington

— 3 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Step out of the city life by going to Holden Beach and Oak Island Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Airlie Gardens and Downtown Wilmington. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery, visit Historic District, look for gifts at Cape Fear Spice Merchants, and enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Wilmington itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Wilmington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Wilmington are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 3 nights
Take a break from the city and head to Frisco Beach and Jockey's Ridge State Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wright Brothers National Memorial and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. When in Hatteras Island, make a side trip to see The Christmas Shop in Manteo, approximately Manteo away. Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hatteras Island route tool.

Getting from Wilmington to Hatteras Island by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Corolla

— 3 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Currituck Beach and Carova Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum and Whalehead Club. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, play a few rounds at The Grass Course, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and awaken your taste buds at Vineyard Voyage.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Corolla trip planning app.

Getting from Hatteras Island to Corolla by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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History Museums · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.