22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
1
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Winston Salem
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Charlotte
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Edenton
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Ocracoke
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Corolla
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get in touch with nature at Pisgah National Forest and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Grovewood Village and Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Step out of Asheville with an excursion to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stop by New Morning Gallery, view the masterpieces at St.Claire Art, and trek along Craggy Gardens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Asheville trip planner.

Newark to Asheville is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Newark in April, expect nights in Asheville to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Winston Salem.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Pisgah National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village
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 6th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Greensboro History Museum, then contemplate the long history of Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, then explore the world behind art at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Piedmon Craftsmen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Winston-Salem, then stroll the grounds of God's Acre, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hanging Rock State Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Winston Salem trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Winston Salem takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Winston Salem can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Winston Salem

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Greensboro, Hanging Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Rock State Park ©
Hanging Rock State Park

3
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Discovery Place Science and Levine Museum of the New South. Escape the urban bustle at Carolina Raptor Center and Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Charlotte: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (in Belmont) and The Schiele Museum of Natural History (in Gastonia). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Carolinas Aviation Museum, experience rural life at Historic Latta Plantation, and sample the fine beverages at Muddy River Distillery.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Charlotte trip planning app .

You can drive from Winston Salem to Charlotte in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. April in Charlotte sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Huntersville, Belmont, The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Highlights from your plan
Carolinas Aviation Museum ©
Carolinas Aviation Museum
Carolina Raptor Center ©
Carolina Raptor Center
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden ©
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

3
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort Fisher State Historic Site and North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oak Island Beach and Fort Johnston - Southport Museum & Visitors Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Federal Point History Center (in Carolina Beach), Franklin Square Gallery (in Southport) and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (in Kure Beach). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Bellamy Mansion, take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington, take in the exciting artwork at River to Sea Gallery, and examine the collection at Wilmington Railroad Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wilmington online tour builder .

Traveling by flight from Charlotte to Wilmington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Edenton.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Southport, Kure Beach, Federal Point History Center, Oak Island Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bellamy Mansion ©
Bellamy Mansion
Fort Fisher State Historic Site ©
Fort Fisher State Historic Site
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area ©
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

3
nights
Edenton

Edenton ©
Edenton is a town on Albemarle Sound in Chowan County, North Carolina, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Sylvan Heights Bird Park and Goose Creek State Park. Explore hidden gems such as Historic Hope Plantation and St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Thomas Episcopal Church (in Bath) and God's Creation Wildlife Museum (in Plymouth). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Historic Edenton State Historic Site, enjoy the sea views from 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Queen Anne Park, and contemplate the long history of Barker House.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Edenton road trip planning site .

Getting from Wilmington to Edenton by car takes about 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Edenton

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Goose Creek State Park, Sylvan Heights Bird Park, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Historic Hope Plantation, God's Creation Wildlife Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sylvan Heights Bird Park ©
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Historic Hope Plantation ©
Historic Hope Plantation
God's Creation Wildlife Museum ©
God's Creation Wildlife Museum

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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): trek along Hammock Hills Nature Trails, then get engrossed in the history at Ocracoke Preservation Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, enjoy the sea views from Ocracoke Lighthouse, then view the masterpieces at Over the Moon, and finally contemplate the long history of British Cemetery.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ocracoke trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Edenton to Ocracoke takes 4 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Ocracoke can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Ocracoke

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

3
nights
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Frisco Beach. Get in touch with nature at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and North Pond Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hatteras Island trip planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Ocracoke to Hatteras Island in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Frisco Beach ©
Frisco Beach
Kinnakeet Clay Studio & Showroom ©
Kinnakeet Clay Studio & Showroom

2
nights
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 22nd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, hike along Currituck Banks Reserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carova Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, then stop by Morris Farm Market, and finally kick back and relax at Currituck Beach.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Corolla holiday app .

Drive from Hatteras Island to Corolla in 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Morris Farm Market, Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Whalehead Club ©
Whalehead Club
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum ©

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