12 days in North Carolina & South Carolina Itinerary

12 days in North Carolina & South Carolina Itinerary

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Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 1 night
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Asheville
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hilton Head
— 2 nights
Drive
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Beaufort
— 1 night
Drive
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Edisto Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Charleston
— 3 nights
Drive
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Myrtle Beach
— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Currituck Banks Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Corolla route planner.

New York City to Corolla is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. November in Corolla sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 1st (Wed), delve into the lush surroundings at DuPont State Recreational Forest, then get a taste of the local shopping with Woolworth Walk, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can do a combination of car and flight from Corolla to Asheville in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Corolla in November, expect little chillier with lows of 36°F in Asheville. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can fly to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Asheville

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:

Hilton Head

— 2 nights
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the galleries of Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Pines Forest Preserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Museum and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hilton Head trip app.

Getting from Asheville to Hilton Head by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Asheville in December: high temperatures in Hilton Head hover around 64°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:

Beaufort

— 1 night
Beaufort is a city in and the county seat of Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. On the 5th (Sun), go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, walk around Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, and then steep yourself in history at Old Sheldon Church Ruins.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Beaufort trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Hilton Head to Beaufort in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Beaufort are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Edisto Island.

Things to do in Beaufort

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:

Edisto Island

— 1 night
Edisto Island is one of South Carolina's Sea Islands, the larger part of which lies in Charleston County, with its southern tip in Colleton County. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll through Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area, then immerse yourself in nature at Edisto Beach State Park, and then cast your line with Botany Bay Ecotours.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Edisto Island online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Beaufort to Edisto Island takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in December, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Edisto Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:

Charleston

— 3 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Explore hidden gems such as The Center for Birds of Prey and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Go for a jaunt from Charleston to Wadmalaw Island to see Charleston Tea Garden about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Drayton Hall, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and expand your understanding of the military at Fort Sumter National Monument.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Charleston journey planner.

You can drive from Edisto Island to Charleston in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in December, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Charleston

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

Myrtle Beach

— 1 night
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Alligator Adventure, and then examine the collection at Hollywood Wax Museum.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Myrtle Beach itinerary maker.

Getting from Charleston to Myrtle Beach by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Myrtle Beach can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
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.

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.