17 days in North Carolina Itinerary

17 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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17 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Fly + Drive:  14​h 30​min
1
Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Raleigh
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
6
Beaufort
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Nags Head
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

1
night
Cherokee

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 15th (Wed), shop like a local with Elizabeth Ellison Gallery, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cherokee itinerary app .

Edinburgh, UK to Cherokee is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Cherokee. When traveling from Edinburgh in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cherokee: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Bryson City
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River Rafting & Tubing
Elizabeth Ellison Gallery ©
Elizabeth Ellison Gallery

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and examine the collection at Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Asheville route maker app .

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Zipline
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Zipline
Room Escape Games
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

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 19th (Sun), examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Place Science, and then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Carowinds, browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, and then identify plant and animal life at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Charlotte trip planner .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. April in Charlotte sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

2
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 21st (Tue), get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Marbles Kids Museum, walk around Pullen Park, then see the interesting displays at The Carolina Basketball Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Old Town Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Raleigh road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Raleigh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Durham, The Carolina Basketball Museum, Old Town Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, then brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, and finally look for gifts at Old Books on Front Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, wander the streets of Historic District, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broomtail Craft Brewery.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Wilmington online itinerary maker .

Drive from Raleigh to Wilmington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Neighborhoods Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Highlights from your plan
Historic District ©
Historic District
Room Escape Games
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

2
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): meet the residents at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon State Park, and then get a new perspective on things with Island Express Ferry Service. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, then steep yourself in history at North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, and then identify plant and animal life at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Beaufort trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Wilmington to Beaufort in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Beaufort, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Fort Macon State Park, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Highlights from your plan
Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nags Head: Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe), Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton) and Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC (in Salvo). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, take in nature's colorful creations at Elizabethan Gardens, and enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nags Head online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Beaufort to Nags Head by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. In April, daytime highs in Nags Head are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Manteo, Kill Devil Hills, Duck Town Boardwalk, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC
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Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

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