22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina travel route builder

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Bryson City
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Winston Salem
— 2 nights
Drive
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Southport
— 2 nights
Drive
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Beaufort
— 2 nights
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Ocracoke
— 2 nights
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Avon, Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
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Nags Head
— 3 nights
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Bryson City

— 1 night
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 4th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Waterrock Knob, take in the dramatic scenery at Soco Falls, and then head outdoors with Carolina Outfitters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, then see the interesting displays at Fly fishing Museum of The Southern Appalachians, then get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bryson City online sightseeing planner.

London, UK to Bryson City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. In September, Bryson City is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and Grovewood Village. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pisgah National Forest and Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Step out of Asheville with an excursion to Cataloochee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park--about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Craggy Gardens, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and look for gifts at Colin's Creatures.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Asheville online road trip planner.

Drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. September in Asheville sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Winston Salem.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Winston Salem

— 2 nights
Winston-Salem is a city in and the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States. On the 9th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hanging Rock State Park, steep yourself in history at Old Mill of Guilford, contemplate the long history of Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally stroll the grounds of Salem God's Acre Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun and explore at Greensboro Children's Museum, contemplate the long history of Greensboro History Museum, then tee off at Tanglewood Park, then admire the masterpieces at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Home Moravian Church.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Winston Salem trip planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Winston Salem in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Southport.

Things to do in Winston Salem

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Golf

Side Trips

Southport

— 2 nights
Southport is a city in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): kick back and relax at Holden Beach, kick back and relax at Oak Island Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Oak Island Lighthouse, then look for gifts at Cattail Cottage, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Southport Pier and RIverwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, take an in-depth tour of North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, then get engrossed in the history at Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum, then stroll through Bald Head Island Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Southport online itinerary planner.

Getting from Winston Salem to Southport by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Southport

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Beaufort

— 2 nights
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Shackleford Banks, look for all kinds of wild species at Rachel Carson Reserve, and then identify plant and animal life at Cape Lookout National Seashore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Hammocks Beach State Park, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Beaufort online holiday planner.

You can drive from Southport to Beaufort in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Ocracoke

— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Ocracoke Monument, then look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, then enjoy the sea views from Ocracoke Lighthouse, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach Fires. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Ocracoke Beach, stroll through Hammock Hills Nature Trails, then get engrossed in the history at Ocracoke Preservation Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of British Cemetery.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ocracoke road trip planning site.

Getting from Beaufort to Ocracoke by car takes about 3.5 hours. In September in Ocracoke, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Avon.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Avon, Hatteras Island

— 2 nights
Avon is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Dare County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Haulover, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Frisco Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Avon road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Ocracoke to Avon takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Avon can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Manteo.

Things to do in Avon

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 2 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and then take an in-depth tour of Buffalo City Exhibit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, take in the exciting artwork at Dare County Arts Council, contemplate the long history of Island Farm, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Poor Richards.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Manteo trip itinerary planner.

You can travel from Avon to Manteo in an hour. September in Manteo sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Manteo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Nags Head

— 3 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carova Beach and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Whalehead Club and Wright Brothers National Memorial will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nags Head: Corolla (Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, Currituck Banks Reserve, &more). And it doesn't end there: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, appreciate the history behind The Monument to a Century of Flight, take a peaceful walk through Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, and take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nags Head trip itinerary planning app.

Nags Head is just a stone's throw from Manteo. In September, daily temperatures in Nags Head can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · 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.