28 days in North Carolina Itinerary

28 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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28 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  33​h
1
Frisco, Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Elizabeth City
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Ocracoke
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Atlantic Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Wilmington
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Linville Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Jackson County
— 2 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Frisco, Hatteras Island

Frisco ©
Frisco is a small unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) on the barrier island of Hatteras Island, between the villages of Buxton and Hatteras. We've included these beaches for you: Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Frisco Beach and Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Frisco online road trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Frisco is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Eastern Standard Time is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get cooler in Frisco: highs are around 16°C and lows about 7°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Elizabeth City.

Things to do in Frisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hatteras Island, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Frisco Beach ©
Frisco Beach
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum ©
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

4
nights
Elizabeth City

Elizabeth City ©
Elizabeth City is a city in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, in the United States. Get outdoors at Sylvan Heights Bird Park and Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Carova Beach and Currituck Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Elizabeth City: Corolla (Whalehead in Historic Corolla, Historic Corolla Village, & more) and Wright Brothers National Memorial (in Kill Devil Hills). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Albemarle.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Elizabeth City vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Frisco to Elizabeth City takes 3 hours. Traveling from Frisco in December, Elizabeth City is a bit cooler at night with lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Elizabeth City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Corolla, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Highlights from your plan
Sylvan Heights Bird Park ©
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Carova Beach ©
Carova Beach
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach

3
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 12th (Tue), explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetery, identify plant and animal life at Springers Point, and then visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Ocracoke Preservation Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Portsmouth Village.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ocracoke online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Elizabeth City to Ocracoke takes 4 hours. Traveling from Elizabeth City in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ocracoke, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Atlantic Beach.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Springers Point ©
Springers Point
Ocracoke Preservation Museum ©
Ocracoke Preservation Museum
Portsmouth Village ©
Portsmouth Village

1
night
Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach ©
Atlantic Beach is a town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Cape Lookout National Seashore. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Fort Macon State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Atlantic Beach vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ocracoke to Atlantic Beach takes 4 hours. December in Atlantic Beach sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Atlantic Beach

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cape Lookout National Seashore
Highlights from your plan
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park
Fort Macon ©
Fort Macon

5
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Wilmington is a port city and the county seat of New Hanover County in coastal southeastern North Carolina, United States. Bellamy Mansion Museum and Duplin Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Oak Island Beaches and Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Fort Fisher State Historic Site (in Kure Beach), Southport (Old Brunswick County Jail Museum & Franklin Square Gallery) and Holden Beach (in Holden Beach). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington, learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, get engrossed in the history at Cape Fear Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Battleship NORTH CAROLINA.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Wilmington trip site .

Traveling by car from Atlantic Beach to Wilmington takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Atlantic Beach, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Wilmington, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Linville Falls.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Southport, Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Duplin Winery, Oak Island Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Noni Bacca Winery ©
Noni Bacca Winery
Oak Island Beaches ©
Oak Island Beaches

3
nights
Linville Falls

Linville Falls ©
Linville Falls is an unincorporated community at the junction of Avery, Burke, and McDowell counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Flat Top Manor. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at The Orchard at Altapass and then immerse yourself in nature at Mount Mitchell State Park.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Linville Falls tour itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Wilmington to Linville Falls in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Wilmington in December, with highs in Linville Falls at 12°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Linville Falls

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mount Mitchell State Park, Flat Top Manor, The Orchard at Altapass, Grandfather Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Mount Mitchell State Park ©
Mount Mitchell State Park
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
The Orchard at Altapass ©
The Orchard at Altapass

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get a sense of the local culture at Biltmore Estate and Grovewood Village. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pisgah National Forest and Lexington Glassworks. Change things up with a short trip to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Blueridge Parkway, hike along Craggy Gardens, shop like a local with Woolworth Walk, and do a tasting at Biltmore Winery at Antler Hill Village.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville online holiday maker .

Getting from Linville Falls to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jackson County.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Blueridge Parkway, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Pisgah National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore Estate ©
Biltmore Estate
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest
Lexington Glassworks ©
Lexington Glassworks

2
nights
Jackson County

Jackson County ©
Jackson County is a county located in the southwest of the U.S. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mountain Farm Museum and The Bascom. Explore hidden gems such as Whiteside Mountain and Cataloochee Valley. Explore Jackson County's surroundings by going to Maggie Valley (Soco Falls & Cataloochee Ski Area).

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Jackson County online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Asheville to Jackson County by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jackson County

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, Cataloochee Valley, The Bascom, Mountain Farm Museum
Highlights from your plan
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Soco Falls ©
Soco Falls
Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum

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