22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Blowing Rock
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Mount Airy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry:  5​h 15​min
6
Ocracoke
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Corolla
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
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.
On the 1st (Sun), meet the residents at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium and then revel in the low prices at Concord Mills Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Levine Museum of the New South, see the interesting displays at Carolinas Aviation Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Lazy 5 Ranch.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Charlotte day trip planning site .

New York City to Charlotte is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Charlotte are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Concord, The Lazy 5 Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Levine Museum of the New South ©
Levine Museum of the New South
Carolinas Aviation Museum ©
Carolinas Aviation Museum
Concord Mills ©
Concord Mills

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Biltmore Estate and Grovewood Village will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lexington Glassworks and Woolworth Walk. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Pisgah Forest (Looking Glass Falls & Pisgah National Forest). There's lots more to do: cruise along Blueridge Parkway, look for gifts at Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar, see the interesting displays at aSHEville Museum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Asheville online trip maker .

You can drive from Charlotte to Asheville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Charlotte in July: high temperatures in Asheville hover around 83°F and lows are around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Pisgah Forest, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Blue Ridge Pkwy
Highlights from your plan
Looking Glass Falls ©
Looking Glass Falls
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest

3
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock ©
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Your inner history buff will appreciate Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and Flat Top Manor. For shopping fun, head to Mast General Store or Souvenir Shirts. Change things up with a short trip to Linville Gorge in Linville Falls (about 40 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, admire the majestic nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, do a tasting at Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, and stop by Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Blowing Rock vacation builder website .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in July, you will find days in Blowing Rock are slightly colder (78°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mount Airy.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Banner Elk, Linville Gorge, Grandfather Mountain, Mast General Store, Mast General Store
Highlights from your plan
Linville Gorge ©
Linville Gorge
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Flat Top Manor ©
Flat Top Manor

2
nights
Mount Airy

Mount Airy ©
Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. On the 10th (Tue), see the interesting displays at The Mount Airy Visitors Center, examine the collection at The Andy Griffith Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Pilot Mountain.

Plan my day in Mount Airy using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Blowing Rock to Mount Airy by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Blowing Rock in July, with highs in Mount Airy at 85°F and lows at 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Mount Airy

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Andy Griffith Museum ©
The Andy Griffith Museum
The Mount Airy Visitors Center ©
The Mount Airy Visitors Center
Floyd's City Barbershop ©
Floyd's City Barbershop

3
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Bellamy Mansion, examine the collection at North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oak Island Beaches. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, then learn about all things military at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, and then savor the flavors at The Veggie Wagon.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Mount Airy to Wilmington in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Wilmington when traveling from Mount Airy in July, with lows around 74°F. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Fisher State Historic Site, The Veggie Wagon, Oak Island Beach, Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport
Highlights from your plan

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. On the 15th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, identify plant and animal life at Springers Point, then look for gifts at Candyland, and finally stroll the grounds of British Cemetery. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ocracoke itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Wilmington to Ocracoke in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. When traveling from Wilmington in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ocracoke: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Manteo.

Things to do in Ocracoke

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

2
nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then visit a coastal fixture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, and then take an in-depth tour of Roanoke Island Festival Park.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Manteo trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Ocracoke to Manteo by combination of ferry and car takes about 4.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Manteo can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse ©
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

4
nights
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Whalehead in Historic Corolla and Carova Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Historic Edenton State Historic Site and Museum of the Albemarle. Step out of Corolla with an excursion to Penelope Barker House Welcome Center in Edenton--about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, identify plant and animal life at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, trek along Currituck Banks Reserve, and try for a hole-in-one at Corolla Adventure Golf and Bumper Cars.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Corolla trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Manteo to Corolla by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Edenton, Carova Beach, Duck's Cottage, Museum of the Albemarle
Highlights from your plan
Historic Edenton State Historic Site ©
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach

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