8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 1 night
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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Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Fly

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Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Corolla trip itinerary tool.

Madison to Corolla is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Madison in June; daily highs in Corolla reach 86°F and lows reach 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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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. On the 20th (Thu), stroll through Ocracoke Beach Fires, enjoy the sea views from Ocracoke Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ocracoke day trip app.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Corolla to Ocracoke takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and ferry. In June in Ocracoke, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Wilmington

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Oak Island Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex. On your second day here, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, then visit Historic District, then learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Broomtail Craft Brewery.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Wilmington travel planning website.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Wilmington in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in June, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

1
night
Cherokee

Trails of Legends and Adventures

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cherokee day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Cherokee takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wilmington in June: high temperatures in Cherokee hover around 81°F and lows are around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Casinos

Side Trip

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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then view the masterpieces at Colin's Creatures. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, then identify plant and animal life at DuPont State Recreational Forest, and then sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Asheville are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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.