24 days in North Carolina Itinerary

24 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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24 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
1
Corolla
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Ocracoke
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Wilmington
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
5
Jackson County
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h
End: Zurich

5
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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Currituck Banks Reserve. Relax by the water at Currituck Beach and Carova Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Corolla side-trips: Edenton (Penelope Barker House Welcome Center, Edenton Bell Battery Cannon, & more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Whalehead in Historic Corolla, visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, don't miss a visit to Historic Corolla Village, and identify plant and animal life at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Corolla online attractions planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Corolla is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Zurich in August, expect Corolla to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Edenton, Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Whalehead Club ©
Whalehead Club
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum ©

3
nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse. Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, and contemplate the long history of Roanoke Island Festival Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manteo sightseeing planning website .

You can drive from Corolla to Manteo in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Manteo are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Manteo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©

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 9th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Ocracoke Preservation Museum and then stroll the grounds of British Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Styron's General Store, then identify plant and animal life at Springers Point, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ocracoke online visit planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Manteo to Ocracoke in 4.5 hours. August in Ocracoke sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Ocracoke

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

5
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oak Island Beaches and Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex. Step out of the city life by going to Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and Holden Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kure Beach (Fort Fisher State Historic Site & Fort Fisher State Recreation Area) and The Veggie Wagon (in Carolina Beach). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Bellamy Mansion Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington, and get engrossed in the history at Cape Fear Museum.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wilmington trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Wilmington takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jackson County.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kure Beach, Oak Island Beach, The Veggie Wagon, Holden Beach, Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Jackson County

Jackson County ©
On the 16th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Mingus Mill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Whitewater Falls and then take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jackson County trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wilmington to Jackson County. Traveling from Wilmington in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Jackson County. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Jackson County

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Carolina Outfitters, Mountain Farm Museum, Mingus Mill
Highlights from your plan
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum
Whitewater Falls ©
Whitewater Falls

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get outdoors at Pisgah National Forest and Mount Mitchell State Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Biltmore Estate and Lexington Glassworks. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Linville Gorge (in Linville Falls), Flat Top Manor (in Blowing Rock) and Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (in Flat Rock). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Grovewood Village, see the interesting displays at aSHEville Museum, hike along Craggy Gardens, and take in the exciting artwork at Woolworth Walk.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Jackson County to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. August in Asheville sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mount Mitchell State Park, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Linville Gorge, Flat Top Manor, Pisgah National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Mount Mitchell State Park ©
Mount Mitchell State Park
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village

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