9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
— 1 night



A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Currituck Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Corolla trip itinerary planner.

Newark to Corolla is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Newark in October, expect nights in Corolla to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums


— 3 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
We've included these beaches for you: Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex and Oak Island Beach. Moore's Creek National Battlefield and Museum of the Bizarre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Wilmington side-trips: Surf City (Topsail Island Trading Company & Spas), Duplin Winery (in Rose Hill) and Holden Beach (in Holden Beach). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery, wander the streets of Historic District, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and get your game on at Battle House Laser Tag.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Wilmington planner.

Getting from Corolla to Wilmington by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In October in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips


— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Head to Barber Orchard Fruitstand and New Morning Galleryfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at River Arts District and Grovewood Village. Take a break from Asheville with a short trip to Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum in Maggie Valley, about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, wander the streets of Biltmore Village, and take in the exciting artwork at Woolworth Walk.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Asheville holiday maker tool.

You can fly from Wilmington to Asheville in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in October, expect Asheville to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips


— 1 night

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.
On the 26th (Sat), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then stop by Bearmeats Indian Den, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

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Getting from Asheville to Cherokee by car takes about 1.5 hours. October in Cherokee sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Casinos

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North Carolina travel guide

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.