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
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Asheville
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Bryson City
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Wilmington
— 5 nights
Drive + ferry:  5​h 15​min
4
Ocracoke
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Corolla
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: New York City

5
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Bring the kids along to Zipline and River Rafting & Tubing. Get outdoors at The North Carolina Arboretum and Blue Ridge Parkway. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Blowing Rock (Handtiques & Blowing Rock Brewery), Hendersonville (Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards & Bearwallow Mountain) and Lake Lure Flowering Bridge (in Lake Lure). And it doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a stroll through River Arts District, and shop like a local with Biltmore Village.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip itinerary planner.

New York City to Asheville is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Hendersonville, Lake Lure, Blowing Rock, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain

4
nights
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Dry Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Bryson City side-trips: Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park (in Highlands), Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Murphy (Bear Creek Adventures Mini Golf and Gem Mining & Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, and see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryson City online holiday builder .

Drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Bryson City can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cherokee, Highlands, Murphy, Cherohala Skyway, Whiteside Mountain
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

5
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kids will enjoy Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex and Oak Island Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Holden Beach and Carolina Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Hammocks Beach State Park (in Swansboro) and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery, wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington, brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, and sample the tasty concoctions at Broomtail Craft Brewery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Wilmington attractions planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Bryson City to Wilmington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In June, Wilmington is somewhat warmer than Bryson City - with highs of 88°F and lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Oak Island Beach, Hammocks Beach State Park, Bald Head Island Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Holden Beach ©
Holden Beach
Hammocks Beach State Park ©
Hammocks Beach State Park

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. Kids will enjoy Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach and Frisco Beach. Get in touch with nature at Ocracoke Beach Fires and Island Express Ferry Service. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, steep yourself in history at Fort Ocracoke Monument, and look for gifts at Books to Be Red.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ocracoke trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Wilmington to Ocracoke in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Wilmington in June, plan for little chillier days in Ocracoke, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Frisco Beach, Island Express Ferry Service
Highlights from your plan
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service
Ocracoke Beach ©
Ocracoke Beach

3
nights
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Take a break from the city and head to Currituck Beach and Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. Bring the kids along to Parasailing & Paragliding and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Corolla with an excursion to Carova Beach in Carova--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: trek along Currituck Banks Reserve, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, browse the exhibits of Whalehead Club, and admire all the interesting features of Beach Jeeps of Corolla.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Corolla vacation builder .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Corolla takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

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