9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + Drive:  5 h
1
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
New Bern
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Raleigh
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Greensboro
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: New York City

1
night
Nags Head

Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
On the 8th (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, look for gifts at Seagreen Gallery, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nags Head holiday site .

New York City to Nags Head is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in May: high temperatures in Nags Head hover around 75°F and lows are around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to New Bern.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Off-Road Tours
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Off-Road Tours
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Seagreen Gallery ©
Seagreen Gallery

1
night
New Bern

New Bern ©
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Fine Art at Baxters, then steep yourself in history at Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, then browse for treasures at New Berne Antiques and Collectibles, and finally shop like a local with Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Nags Head to New Bern takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Nags Head in May, expect nights in New Bern to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in New Bern

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Fine Art at Baxters ©
Fine Art at Baxters
New Berne Antiques and Collectibles ©
Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola ©
Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola

1
night
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, browse the eclectic array of goods at State Farmers Market, then wander the streets of North Hills, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Raleigh Furniture Gallery.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Raleigh trip planning app .

Traveling by car from New Bern to Raleigh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Raleigh can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Raleigh

Shopping Childrens Museums Neighborhoods
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North Hills ©
North Hills
State Farmers Market ©
State Farmers Market

2
nights
Greensboro

Greensboro ©
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. On the 12th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Seagrove Creations Pottery Gallery, then shop like a local with Richard Childress Racing, and then take in the exciting artwork at Ambleside Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Gibsonville Antiques & Collectibles, stroll the grounds of Old Town Cemetery, then get to know the fascinating history of Eno Gallery, and finally hunt for treasures at Carrboro Farmers Market.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Greensboro trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Raleigh to Greensboro by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Greensboro sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Greensboro

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hillsborough, Seagrove Creations Pottery Gallery, Richard Childress Racing, Gibsonville Antiques & Collectibles, Carrboro Farmers Market
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Richard Childress Racing ©
Richard Childress Racing
Carrboro Farmers Market ©
Carrboro Farmers Market
Eno Gallery ©
Eno Gallery

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Shop till you drop at New Morning Gallery and Blue Spiral 1. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Biltmore and Woolworth Walk. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with St.Claire Art, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, take a stroll through Biltmore Village, and explore the galleries of River Arts District.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Asheville driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Greensboro to Asheville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
New Morning Gallery ©
New Morning Gallery

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