8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Drive
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Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive to Swan Quarter, NC, Ferry to Ocracoke
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Ocracoke
— 1 day
Ferry to Cedar Island, NC, Drive to Wilmington
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Wilmington
— 1 night
Fly
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Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 1 night
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Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Get a sense of the local culture at Whalehead Club and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. When in Corolla, make a side trip to see Carova Beach in Carova, approximately Carova away. And it doesn't end there: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, kick back and relax at Currituck Beach, and hike along Currituck Banks Reserve.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Corolla trip itinerary builder website.

Raleigh to Corolla is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. July in Corolla sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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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, then kick back and relax at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, and then stroll the grounds of British Cemetery.

Plan my day in Ocracoke using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Corolla to Ocracoke in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

1
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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): admire the striking features of Bellamy Mansion, wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington, and then stroll through Oak Island Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at 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.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilmington visit app.

Getting from Ocracoke to Wilmington by combination of ferry and car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bryson City.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Adventure

Side Trips

1
night
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bryson City online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Bryson City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, Bryson City is a bit cooler than Wilmington - with highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Museums · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

1
night
Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Craggy Gardens, contemplate the long history of Grovewood Village, then view the masterpieces at Woolworth Walk, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Asheville day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · 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.