22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Bryson City
— 1 night
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
3
Winston Salem
— 2 nights
4
Southport
— 2 nights
5
Beaufort
— 2 nights
6
Ocracoke
— 2 nights
7
Avon, Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
8
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
9
Nags Head
— 3 nights

1
night
Bryson City

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, thensee the interesting displays at Fly fishing Museum of The Southern Appalachians, thenget 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 °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, Carolina Outfitters, Cherohala Skyway, Mountain Farm Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cherohala Skyway ©
Cherohala Skyway
Soco Falls ©
Soco Falls

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
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 Thomas Wolfe Memorial. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pisgah National Forest and Cataloochee Valley. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Grovewood Village, admire the natural beauty at Craggy Gardens, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and view the masterpieces at Colin's Creatures.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Asheville route builder app.

Getting from Bryson City to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September in Asheville, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Winston Salem.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cataloochee Valley, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Pisgah National Forest, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site ©
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village

2
nights
Winston Salem

Winston Salem ©
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, thentest 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, thentee off at Tanglewood Park, thenadmire 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 °C, and evening lows to °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

Side Trips

Greensboro, Tanglewood Park, Old Mill of Guilford, Hanging Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Reynolda House Museum of American Art ©
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park ©
Old Mill of Guilford ©
Old Mill of Guilford

2
nights
Southport

Southport ©
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, thenlook for gifts at Cattail Cottage, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Southport Pier and RIverwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, thenget engrossed in the history at Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Bald Head Island Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Southport trip builder app.

You can drive from Winston Salem to Southport in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Southport are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Beaufort.

Things to do in Southport

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oak Island, Holden Beach, Bald Head Island Beach, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum
Highlights from your plan
Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum ©
Oak Island Lighthouse ©
Oak Island Lighthouse
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area ©
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

2
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
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 car and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Beaufort

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Swansboro, Harkers Island, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Hammocks Beach State Park ©
Hammocks Beach State Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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. 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, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, thenenjoy 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, thenget 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 combination of taxi and ferry takes about 4 hours. In September in Ocracoke, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Avon.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Ocracoke Lighthouse ©
Ocracoke Lighthouse
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery

2
nights
Avon, Hatteras Island

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

Things to do in Avon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Hatteras Island
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras National Seashore ©
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Haulover ©
Haulover

2
nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
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, thenlook 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 °C and lows of °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
Highlights from your plan
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site ©
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge ©
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse ©
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

3
nights
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
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 Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and Currituck Beach. Get outdoors at Jockey's Ridge State Park and Carova Beach. 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, contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, and take a peaceful walk through Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve.

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 °C, while at night they dip to °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

Side Trips

Corolla, Kill Devil Hills, Parasailing & Paragliding, The Monument to a Century of Flight, Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Parasailing & Paragliding
Whalehead Club ©
Whalehead Club

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