21 days in North Carolina Itinerary

21 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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21 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Louisville
Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Bryson City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Wilmington
— 4 nights
Drive + ferry:  5​h 15​min
4
Ocracoke
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Kill Devil Hills
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Louisville

3
nights
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Whiteside Mountain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bryson City: Highlands (Bridal Veil Falls, Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, & more) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Sylva). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and take in the dramatic scenery at Indian Creek Falls.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bryson City trip itinerary planner.

Louisville to Bryson City is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Louisville in May since evenings lows in Bryson City dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Highlands, Cherokee, Fishing Charters & Tours, Whiteside Mountain, Indian Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

5
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Let the collections at Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center and River Arts District capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Blue Ridge Parkway and The North Carolina Arboretum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Grandfather Mountain (in Linville), Zipline (in Lake Lure) and DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain). There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get to know the fascinating history of Biltmore Village, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and hike along Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In May in Asheville, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Zipline, DuPont State Recreational Forest
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
DuPont State Recreational Forest ©

4
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex and Holden Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Battleship North Carolina and Downtown Wilmington. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Jacksonville), Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island) and Hammocks Beach State Park (in Swansboro). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broomtail Craft Brewery, take a stroll through Historic District, and contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Asheville to Wilmington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Wilmington, with lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Wilmington

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Oak Island Beach, Hammocks Beach State Park, Holden Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Noni Bacca Winery ©
Noni Bacca Winery
Hammocks Beach State Park ©
Hammocks Beach State Park

3
nights
Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Fort Ocracoke Monument. Let the collections at Over the Moon and Blue Pelican Gallery capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Frisco Beach (in Frisco), Fort Macon State Park (in Atlantic Beach) and Island Express Ferry Service (in Beaufort). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, contemplate the long history of British Cemetery, look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocracoke Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ocracoke online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Wilmington to Ocracoke takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Wilmington in June: highs in Ocracoke hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Frisco Beach, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Blue Pelican Gallery, Fort Macon State Park, Island Express Ferry Service
Highlights from your plan
Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach

4
nights
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. You'll get in some beach time at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and Coquina Beach. Popular historic sites such as Wright Brothers National Memorial and Bodie Island Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Corolla (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Currituck Beach, & more) and Carova Beach (in Carova). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church, have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and admire the majestic nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kill Devil Hills trip builder tool .

Getting from Ocracoke to Kill Devil Hills by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Corolla, Nags Head, Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church, Parasailing & Paragliding, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©

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