6 days in North Carolina Itinerary

6 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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6 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Charlotte
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  5​h 15​min
3
Ocracoke
— 1 day
ferry + Drive:  8​h
4
Mount Airy
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
5
Asheville
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Hendersonville
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Detroit

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Charlotte

Charlotte ©
A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Carolinas Aviation Museum and then admire all the interesting features of Spectrum Center.

To find out how to plan a trip to Charlotte, use our trip itinerary maker.

Detroit to Charlotte is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Detroit in May, expect Charlotte to be somewhat warmer, temps between 80°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Carolinas Aviation Museum ©
Carolinas Aviation Museum
Spectrum Center ©
Spectrum Center

1
night
Wilmington

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 (Tue): explore the galleries of Bellamy Mansion, then take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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Traveling by flight from Charlotte to Wilmington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in May, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Wilmington

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Highlights from your plan
Bellamy Mansion ©
Bellamy Mansion
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Downtown Wilmington ©
Downtown Wilmington

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 22nd (Wed): stroll through Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetery.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ocracoke trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Wilmington to Ocracoke takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Wilmington in May: highs in Ocracoke hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mount Airy.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Beaches Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Springers Point ©
Springers Point
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery

1
day
Mount Airy

Mount Airy ©
Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. On the 23rd (Thu), take a stroll through Downtown Mt. Airy, then see the interesting displays at The Mount Airy Visitors Center, and then learn about winemaking at JOLO Winery & Vineyards.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mount Airy route builder app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Mount Airy takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mount Airy when traveling from Ocracoke in May, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Mount Airy

Neighborhoods Wineries Museums

Side Trip

JOLO Winery & Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
The Mount Airy Visitors Center ©
The Mount Airy Visitors Center
JOLO Winery & Vineyards ©
JOLO Winery & Vineyards

1
night
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Grovewood Village, then learn about winemaking at Biltmore Winery at Antler Hill Village, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville route planner .

Traveling by car from Mount Airy to Asheville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hendersonville.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites Museums Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company

1
night
Hendersonville

Hendersonville ©
Hendersonville is a city in Henderson County, North Carolina United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, then do a tasting at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, and then learn about winemaking at Burntshirt Vineyards.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hendersonville online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Asheville to Hendersonville in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hendersonville

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards ©
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
Burntshirt Vineyards ©
Burntshirt Vineyards

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