7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
1
Concord
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  4​h
2
Kill Devil Hills
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
New Bern
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Surf City, Topsail Island
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Concord

Concord ©
Concord is a city in Cabarrus County, in the U.S. On the 18th (Fri), get outside with Stewart Haas Racing, look for gifts at Dale Earnhardt Inc, look for gifts at Birkdale Village, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium, and finally catch a movie at Concord Mills. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, see the interesting displays at Billy Graham Library, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Muddy River Distillery, and finally look for gifts at Mary Jo's Cloth Store.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Concord trip planner .

San Francisco to Concord is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Concord: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Concord

Shopping Nightlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Charlotte, Birkdale Village, Dale Earnhardt Inc, Mary Jo's Cloth Store, Stewart Haas Racing
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Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Concord Mills ©
Concord Mills

1
night
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. On the 20th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse and then get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kill Devil Hills trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Concord to Kill Devil Hills takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Concord in May, expect nights in Kill Devil Hills to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are little chillier, around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to New Bern.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Bodie Island Lighthouse
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Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

1
night
New Bern

New Bern ©
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take an in-depth tour of North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace, stop by Mitchell Hardware, and then contemplate the long history of Birthplace of Pepsi Cola.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the New Bern travel planner .

You can drive from Kill Devil Hills to New Bern in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Kill Devil Hills, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in New Bern, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Surf City.

Things to do in New Bern

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola ©
Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola
Mitchell Hardware ©
Mitchell Hardware

1
night
Surf City, Topsail Island

Surf City ©
Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): learn about all things military at Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Carolina Decor & More, and then look for gifts at Mia's Marketplace. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, then contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, and then steep yourself in history at Poplar Grove Plantation.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Surf City trip planner .

You can drive from New Bern to Surf City in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Surf City are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Surf City

Historic Sites Shopping Wineries

Side Trip

Wilmington
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Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens
Noni Bacca Winery ©
Noni Bacca Winery

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