18 days in North Carolina Itinerary

18 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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18 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Ulaanbaatar
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Raleigh
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Oak Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h
6
Indian Trail
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Ulaanbaatar

2
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
You've now added North Carolina Museum of History to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Raleigh: Sarah P. Duke Gardens (in Durham), Conservators Center (in Burlington) and Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park, and explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Raleigh holiday maker .

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Raleigh is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Ulaanbaatar Time (ULAT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -13 hour difference. Traveling from Ulaanbaatar in September, expect Raleigh to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Conservators Center
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Step out of Asheville to go to Hartford and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Asheville day trip site .

You can drive from Raleigh to Asheville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Blue Ridge Pkwy, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

2
nights
Cherokee

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, look for gifts at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, and finally try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum and then steep yourself in history at Oconaluftee Indian Village.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Cherokee travel route planning tool .

Getting from Asheville to Cherokee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Cherokee can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums Fun & Games Casinos
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls
Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum

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.
North Carolina Zoo has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at North Carolina Zoo, then browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, and then get in on the family fun at Carowinds. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Lazy 5 Ranch.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Charlotte trip website .

Drive from Cherokee to Charlotte in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cherokee in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Charlotte, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

North Carolina Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

3
nights
Oak Island

Oak Island ©
Oak Island is a seaside town located mostly on the barrier island of Oak Island (which also contains the town of Caswell Beach), in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Haag and Sons Seafood. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look for gifts at Haag and Sons Seafood. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Holden Beach, try for a hole-in-one at Jungle Golf, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oak Island Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Oak Island trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Charlotte to Oak Island. In September, daily temperatures in Oak Island can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. On the 24th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Oak Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Holden Beach
Highlights from your plan
Holden Beach ©
Holden Beach
Haag and Sons Seafood ©
Haag and Sons Seafood
Oak Island Lighthouse ©
Oak Island Lighthouse

2
nights
Indian Trail

Indian Trail ©
Indian Trail is a suburban town in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at JAARS Museum of the Alphabet, walk around Cane Creek Park, and then contemplate the long history of Reed Gold Mine.

Make your Indian Trail itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Explore your travel options from Oak Island to Indian Trail with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Indian Trail

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Waxhaw, Reed Gold Mine, N.C.Korean War Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Cane Creek Park ©
Cane Creek Park
Wise Acres Organic Strawberry Farm ©
Wise Acres Organic Strawberry Farm
JAARS Museum of the Alphabet ©
JAARS Museum of the Alphabet

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