18 days in North Carolina Itinerary

18 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Cherokee
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Oak Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Indian Trail
— 2 nights
Drive to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Fly to Ulaanbaatar

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Raleigh

— 2 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Your day by day itinerary now includes North Carolina Museum of History. 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). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fletcher Park, and admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Raleigh itinerary planner.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Raleigh is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Ulaanbaatar to Raleigh due to the time zone difference. In September, Raleigh is much warmer than Ulaanbaatar - with highs of 32°C and lows of 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 · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Take a break from Asheville with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Asheville trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Asheville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September in Asheville, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Adventure

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 18th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then view the masterpieces at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, then admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, and finally try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum and then examine the collection at Oconaluftee Indian Village.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cherokee journey planning app.

You can drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Charlotte.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Parks

Charlotte

— 2 nights

The Queen City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes North Carolina Zoo. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at North Carolina Zoo, browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, and then get in on the family fun at Carowinds. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame and then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Charlotte day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Cherokee to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cherokee in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Charlotte. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Oak Island.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Oak Island

— 3 nights
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. Haag and Sons Seafood has been added to your itinerary. On the 21st (Sat), stop by Haag and Sons Seafood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): kick back and relax at Holden Beach, then putt your heart out at Jungle Golf, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oak Island Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Oak Island trip itinerary site.

Drive from Charlotte to Oak Island in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. On the 24th (Tue), you're off to Indian Trail.

Things to do in Oak Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Indian Trail

— 2 nights
Indian Trail is a suburban town in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at JAARS Museum of the Alphabet, stroll around Cane Creek Park, and then contemplate the long history of Reed Gold Mine.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Indian Trail trip planner.

Drive from Oak Island to Indian Trail in 3.5 hours. In September in Indian Trail, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Indian Trail

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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.