29 days in North Carolina, East Tennessee & Virginia Itinerary

29 days in North Carolina, East Tennessee & Virginia Itinerary

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Bus to Dublin, Fly to Raleigh
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Raleigh
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 4 nights
Fly
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Asheville
— 4 nights
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Chattanooga
— 5 nights
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Arlington
— 3 nights
Fly
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Williamsburg
— 4 nights
Drive
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Corolla
— 1 night
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Drive to Currituck, NC, Ferry to Knotts Island, NC, Drive to Virginia Beach
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Virginia Beach
— 4 nights
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Raleigh — 3 nights

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Get out of town with these interesting Raleigh side-trips: Durham (Durham Central Park, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, &more), International Civil Rights Center & Museum (in Greensboro) and Conservators Center (in Burlington). And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, explore the engaging exhibits at Marbles Kids Museum, and admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Raleigh trip planner.

Belfast, UK to Raleigh is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Belfast to Raleigh is minus 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Belfast in April: high temperatures in Raleigh hover around 26°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Wilmington.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Wilmington — 4 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Moore's Creek National Battlefield (in Currie), Walton's Distillery (in Jacksonville) and Sacred Willow Spa (in Calabash). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery, stop by Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry, steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, and take a tour of Battleship North Carolina.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wilmington holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Wilmington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly to Asheville.
Historic Sites · Spas · Wineries · Transportation
Side Trips

Asheville — 4 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard), Hendersonville (Elijah Mountain Gem Mine & Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, view the masterpieces at New Morning Gallery, and sample some tasty brews at BREW-ed.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Asheville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in April, expect Asheville to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Chattanooga — 5 nights

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Chattanooga is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Ruby Falls, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, stroll the grounds of Chattanooga National Cemetery, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Asheville to Chattanooga in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. In April, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to Arlington.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Arlington — 3 nights

Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arlington: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly), National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Mount Vernon). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, sample the fine beverages at Catoctin Creek Distillery, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Arlington trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Chattanooga to Arlington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. When traveling from Chattanooga in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Arlington: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Williamsburg.
Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Williamsburg — 4 nights

Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
Change things up with these side-trips from Williamsburg: Newport News (The Noland Trail & The Mariners' Museum & Park) and Smithfield (Windsor Castle Park & St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Colonial Williamsburg, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of Jamestown Settlement, and stop by Wythe Candy and Gourmet Shop.

To find photos and other tourist information, go to the Williamsburg online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Arlington to Williamsburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In April in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Corolla.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips

Corolla — 1 night

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Corolla travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Corolla in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Virginia Beach.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Virginia Beach — 4 nights

Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
Virginia Beach is known for sightseeing, beaches, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, admire the masterpieces at Chrysler Museum of Art, take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk, and examine the collection at Nauticus.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Virginia Beach journey planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Corolla to Virginia Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In April in Virginia Beach, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip

North Carolina travel guide

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History Museums · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.