23 days in North Carolina Itinerary

23 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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23 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
Corolla
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Ocracoke
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 45​min
Surf City, Topsail Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Jackson County
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Madison

3
days
Corolla

Corolla is an unincorporated community located in Poplar Branch township, Currituck County, North Carolina along the northern Outer Banks. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Carova Beach. Get outdoors at Currituck Beach and Currituck Banks Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Corolla side-trips: Outer Barks (in Duck) and The Monument to a Century of Flight (in Kitty Hawk). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Whalehead in Historic Corolla, take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Corolla online trip itinerary 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 difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Madison in August, expect Corolla to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Corolla

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Duck, The Monument to a Century of Flight
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Currituck Banks Reserve ©
Currituck Banks Reserve

3
days
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Your inner history buff will appreciate Roanoke Island Festival Park and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve. It doesn't end there: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and look for all kinds of wild species at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manteo vacation maker app .

Traveling by car from Corolla to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. In August in Manteo, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Manteo

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Nags Head, Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve
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Roanoke Island Festival Park ©
Roanoke Island Festival Park
Parasailing & Paragliding
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site ©

3
days
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Frisco Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and Harbor House Seafood.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hatteras Island trip itinerary app .

Getting from Manteo to Hatteras Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
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Frisco Beach ©
Frisco Beach
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum ©
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

2
days
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. On the 28th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, get great views at Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): kick back and relax at Ocracoke Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Ocracoke Preservation Museum, and then stroll the grounds of British Cemetery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ocracoke trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Surf City.

Things to do in Ocracoke

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Springers Point ©
Springers Point
Ocracoke Preservation Museum ©
Ocracoke Preservation Museum

3
days
Surf City, Topsail Island

Surf City ©
Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Topsail Island and Aquaholics Boat Rentals LLC. Step out of the city life by going to Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and Topsail Boat Rental. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at The Gift Basket of Topsail Island, take a leisurely stroll along Surf City Pier, and have some family-friendly fun at Shipwreck Point Golf.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Surf City vacation planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Surf City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Surf City

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Topsail Beach
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Topsail Boat Rental ©
Topsail Boat Rental
Topsail Island ©
Topsail Island

3
days
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Wilmington is a port city and the county seat of New Hanover County in coastal southeastern North Carolina, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Oak Island Beaches and Holden Beach. Popular historic sites such as Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and Bellamy Mansion are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Fisher State Historic Site (in Kure Beach), Oak Island Lighthouse (in Oak Island) and Cattail Cottage (in Southport). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Carolina Beach State Park and take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Wilmington visit planner .

You can drive from Surf City to Wilmington in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Wilmington

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Beaches

Side Trips

Kure Beach, Oak Island, Cattail Cottage, Carolina Beach State Park, Holden Beach
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Oak Island Beaches ©
Oak Island Beaches
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area ©
Carolina Beach State Park ©
Carolina Beach State Park

3
days
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Escape the urban bustle at Pisgah National Forest and River Rafting & Tubing. Your inner history buff will appreciate Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and Grovewood Village. Change things up with a short trip to Elijah Mountain Gem Mine in Hendersonville (about 36 minutes away). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Western North Carolina Nature Center and look for gifts at Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Asheville tour itinerary planning site .

Fly from Wilmington to Asheville in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Wilmington in September, with highs in Asheville at 79°F and lows at 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Jackson County.

Things to do in Asheville

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pisgah National Forest, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Elijah Mountain Gem Mine
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Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village

2
days
Jackson County

Jackson County ©
Jackson County is a county located in the southwest of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Whitewater Falls and then take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Jackson County tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Jackson County takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jackson County

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

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Cherokee
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Whitewater Falls ©
Whitewater Falls
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Whiteside Mountain
Horseback Riding Tours

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