22 days in North Carolina & South Carolina Itinerary

22 days in North Carolina & South Carolina Itinerary

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22 days in North Carolina & South Carolina Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + Drive:  16​h 45​min
1
Blowing Rock
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Asheville
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
New Bern
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Wilmington
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Myrtle Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Hilton Head
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Zurich

3
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock ©
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. On the 8th (Sat), ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, look for gifts at Mast General Store, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Souvenir Shirts, then stop by Mast General Store, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Blowing Rock trip builder .

Zurich, Switzerland to Blowing Rock is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Zurich to Blowing Rock, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Boone, Mast General Store, Souvenir Shirts
Highlights from your plan
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Zipline
Mast General Store ©
Mast General Store

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wheels Through Time Transportation and Lexington Glassworks. Head to Woolworth Walk and Biltmore Villagefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Dry Falls (in Highlands) and Sliding Rock (in Pisgah Forest). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Blueridge Parkway, look for gifts at Mast General Store Asheville, see the interesting displays at Folk Art Center, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville travel route tool .

Drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Blowing Rock in September: highs in Asheville hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 16°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to New Bern.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Dry Falls, Sliding Rock, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Sliding Rock ©
Sliding Rock

1
night
New Bern

New Bern ©
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace, indulge your taste buds at Bear City Fudge Company, and then steep yourself in history at Birthplace of Pepsi Cola.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our New Bern trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Asheville to New Bern takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Asheville in September; daily highs in New Bern reach 33°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in New Bern

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola ©
Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola
Bear City Fudge Company ©
Bear City Fudge Company

4
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic District and Airlie Gardens. Get outdoors at Oak Island Beaches and Topsail Island. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex and wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Wilmington trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from New Bern to Wilmington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Topsail Island, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Oak Island Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Historic District ©
Historic District
Downtown Wilmington ©
Downtown Wilmington

4
nights
Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach ©
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Litchfield Beach and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Head to Broadway at the Beach and The Market Commonfor some retail therapy. Go for a jaunt from Myrtle Beach to North Myrtle Beach to see Cherry Grove Beach about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get some fabulous bargains at Tanger Outlet Myrtle Beach Hwy 17, look for gifts at I LOVE SUGAR, tee off at Mt. Atlanticus, and experience rural life at La Belle Amie Vineyard.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Myrtle Beach tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Wilmington to Myrtle Beach in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trips

North Myrtle Beach, La Belle Amie Vineyard, Litchfield Beach
Highlights from your plan
Litchfield Beach ©
Litchfield Beach
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
La Belle Amie Vineyard ©
La Belle Amie Vineyard

4
nights
Hilton Head

A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Get in touch with nature at Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Head to Harbour Town Lighthouse and The Oilerie Hilton Head Islandfor some retail therapy.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hilton Head trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hilton Head can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Fishing Charters & Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

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