8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Corolla
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  5​h 15​min
2
Ocracoke
— 1 day
ferry + Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Wilmington
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Asheville
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Madison

1
night
Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Corolla journey planner .

Madison to Corolla is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Madison in June, expect Corolla to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ocracoke.

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Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum ©

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 20th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach Fires, then visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ocracoke tour itinerary maker .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Corolla to Ocracoke in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Ocracoke can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wilmington.

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Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Ocracoke Lighthouse ©
Ocracoke Lighthouse

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 21st (Fri), kick back and relax at Oak Island Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, take a stroll through Historic District, then do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broomtail Craft Brewery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilmington vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Wilmington takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In June in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Cherokee.

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Oak Island Beach, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
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Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Noni Bacca Winery ©
Noni Bacca Winery
Historic District ©
Historic District

1
night
Cherokee

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Cherokee travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Wilmington to Cherokee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, Cherokee is a bit cooler than Wilmington - with highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Asheville.

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River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

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nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Colin's Creatures, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, delve into the lush surroundings at DuPont State Recreational Forest, and then sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville online travel planner .

Drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

DuPont State Recreational Forest, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
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DuPont State Recreational Forest ©
DuPont State Recreational Forest
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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