8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
1
Asheville
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Wilmington
— 1 day
Drive + ferry:  5​h 15​min
3
Ocracoke
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Edenton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Corolla
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Newark

1
night
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 10th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Thomas Wolfe Memorial, then look for gifts at Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar, and then view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Western North Carolina Nature Center, then trek along Craggy Gardens, and then contemplate the long history of Grovewood Village.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Asheville sightseeing planner.

Newark to Asheville is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village
Thomas Wolfe Memorial ©
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Lexington Glassworks ©
Lexington Glassworks

1
day
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 12th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Bellamy Mansion, then take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington, and then learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Wilmington tour itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Asheville to Wilmington in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Asheville in August; daily highs in Wilmington reach 88°F and lows reach 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Bellamy Mansion ©
Bellamy Mansion
Downtown Wilmington ©
Downtown Wilmington
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): kick back and relax at Ocracoke Beach Fires, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, and then stroll the grounds of British Cemetery. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Over the Moon, get engrossed in the history at Ocracoke Preservation Museum, then enjoy the sea views from Ocracoke Lighthouse, and finally identify plant and animal life at Springers Point.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ocracoke online day trip planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Wilmington to Ocracoke in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Ocracoke, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Edenton.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Ocracoke Beach Fires ©
Ocracoke Beach Fires

1
night
Edenton

Edenton ©
Edenton is a town on Albemarle Sound in Chowan County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Edenton Bell Battery Cannon, steep yourself in history at Barker House, then don't miss a visit to 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, then stroll the grounds of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Historic Edenton State Historic Site.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Edenton trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Ocracoke to Edenton in 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Edenton

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Barker House ©
Barker House
Historic Edenton State Historic Site ©
St. Paul's Episcopal Church ©
St. Paul's Episcopal Church

2
nights
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, examine the collection at Whalehead Club, and then hike along Currituck Banks Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then stop by Morris Farm Market, then look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Currituck Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Corolla trip planner .

You can drive from Edenton to Corolla in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Morris Farm Market
Highlights from your plan
Whalehead Club ©
Whalehead Club
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum ©

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