9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 1 night
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Raleigh
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Fly

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Corolla

— 1 night
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 23rd (Wed), add some adventure to your tour with Coastal Kayak Touring Company and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carova Beach. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, and then kick back and relax at Currituck Beach.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Corolla trip planner.

Orlando to Corolla is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Orlando in September, expect Corolla to be little chillier, temps between 84°F and 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 2 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, take an unforgettable tour with Coastal Helicopters, and then see majestic marine mammals with Paradise Dolphin Cruises. Keep things going the next day: sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, then whizz through the canopy at First Flight Adventure Park, and then kick back and relax at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Manteo travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Corolla in September, you will find days in Manteo are a bit cooler (79°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Manteo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Frisco Beach, and then trot along with Equine Adventures.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hatteras Island journey tool.

You can drive from Manteo to Hatteras Island in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Hatteras Island are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Raleigh

— 1 night

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, admire the majestic nature at Umstead State Park, then paddle through the water with Paddle Creek, and finally identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Raleigh trip planner.

Getting from Hatteras Island to Raleigh by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Hatteras Island in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 63°F in Raleigh. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Raleigh

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get in touch with nature at Max Patch and The Gorge Zipline Canopy Tour. You'll discover tucked-away gems like BREW-ed and Elevated Mountain Distilling Co.. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: River Rafting & Tubing (in Hot Springs) and Cataloochee Valley (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Raleigh to Asheville by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

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.