8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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

2
nights
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Whalehead Club and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum. Relax by the water at Carova Beach and Currituck Beach. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, trek along Currituck Banks Reserve, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Corolla trip planner.

Raleigh to Corolla is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and car. In July, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
day
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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, and then steep yourself in history at British Cemetery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ocracoke sightseeing planning tool .

Getting from Corolla to Ocracoke by combination of car and ferry takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. In July in Ocracoke, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Springers Point ©
Springers Point
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Bellamy Mansion, then wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oak Island Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, then contemplate the long history of Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, then stop by The Veggie Wagon, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilmington trip app .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Wilmington in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Wilmington sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Bryson City.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kure Beach, Carolina Beach, Oak Island Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fort Fisher State Historic Site ©
Fort Fisher State Historic Site
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area ©
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
Bellamy Mansion ©
Bellamy Mansion

1
night
Bryson City

Bryson City ©
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Bryson City using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Wilmington to Bryson City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Wilmington in July, with highs in Bryson City at 83°F and lows at 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Museums Adventure

Side Trip

Mountain Farm Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum
Smoky Mountain Trains Museum ©
Smoky Mountain Trains Museum
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 28th (Sun), trek along Craggy Gardens, contemplate the long history of Grovewood Village, then view the masterpieces at Woolworth Walk, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Asheville trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Asheville are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village
Woolworth Walk ©
Woolworth Walk

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