22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  16​h 45​min
1
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Winston Salem
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Southport
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Beaufort
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Ocracoke
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Avon, Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
9
Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h
End: London

1
night
Bryson City

Bryson City ©
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Waterrock Knob, then admire the sheer force of Soco Falls, and then get outside with Carolina Outfitters. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, see the interesting displays at Fly fishing Museum of The Southern Appalachians, then take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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London, UK to Bryson City is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Bryson City is minus 5 hours. Traveling from London in September, expect Bryson City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 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

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Grovewood Village. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Cataloochee Valley (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Pisgah National Forest (in Pisgah Forest). The adventure continues: trek along Craggy Gardens, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and view the masterpieces at Colin's Creatures.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Winston Salem.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pisgah National Forest, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Cataloochee Valley
Highlights from your plan
Thomas Wolfe Memorial ©
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Winston Salem

Winston Salem ©
Winston-Salem is a city in and the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit 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 problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally stroll the grounds of God's Acre. Keep things going the next day: have fun and explore at Greensboro Children's Museum, steep yourself in history at Greensboro History Museum, tee off at Tanglewood Park, then explore the world behind art at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Home Moravian Church.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Winston Salem trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Winston Salem takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Winston Salem are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Southport.

Things to do in Winston Salem

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Southport

Southport ©
Southport is a city in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Holden Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Oak Island Beach, enjoy the sea views from Oak Island Lighthouse, then stop by Cattail Cottage, and finally take in the waterfront at Southport Pier and RIverwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, examine the collection at North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, then visit a coastal fixture at Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bald Head Island Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Southport driving holiday planner.

Drive from Winston Salem to Southport in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Southport can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Southport

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Kick 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 look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Lookout National Seashore. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, immerse yourself in nature at Hammocks Beach State Park, and then deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Eco Tours.

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Traveling by car from Southport to Beaufort takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Beaufort sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive 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
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shackleford Banks ©
Shackleford Banks

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): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, steep yourself in history at Fort Ocracoke Monument, identify plant and animal life at Springers Point, then visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach Fires. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocracoke Beach, trek along Hammock Hills Nature Trails, then get engrossed in the history at Ocracoke Preservation Museum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetery.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ocracoke trip site .

Traveling by car from Beaufort to Ocracoke takes 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ocracoke are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Avon.

Things to do in Ocracoke

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

2
nights
Avon, Hatteras Island

Avon ©
Avon is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Dare County in the U.S. On the 17th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Keep things going the next day: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, enjoy the sand and surf at Haulover, then contemplate the long history of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Frisco Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Avon road trip tool .

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 drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Avon

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Buxton, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Frisco Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Frisco Beach ©
Frisco Beach
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 19th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and then get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, take in the exciting artwork at Dare County Arts Council, explore and take pictures at Island Farm, then identify plant and animal life at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Poor Richards.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Manteo driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Avon to Manteo in an hour. September in Manteo sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site ©
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse ©
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

3
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and Currituck Beach. Get in touch with nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park and Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. Explore Nags Head's surroundings by going to Corolla (Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, Currituck Banks Reserve, & more) and Carova Beach (in Carova). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and identify plant and animal life at Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nags Head trip itinerary planner.

Nags Head is just a short distance from Manteo. In September, daytime highs in Nags Head are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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