14 days in North Carolina Itinerary

14 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip itinerary planner
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kill Devil Hills
— 3 nights
Fly
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Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Highlands
— 1 night
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Wilmington — 2 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach), The Hoarders (in Oak Island) and Southport (Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry, Artshak Studio and Gallery, &more). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, indulge in some personalized pampering at Sacred Willow Spa, stop by Cape Fear Spice Merchants, and brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip planning website.

Tucson to Wilmington is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Tucson to Wilmington. While traveling from Tucson, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Wilmington, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kill Devil Hills.
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Kill Devil Hills — 3 nights

Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kill Devil Hills: North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island (in Manteo) and Corolla (Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts, Off-Road Tours, &more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, and visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kill Devil Hills journey planner.

You can drive from Wilmington to Kill Devil Hills in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wilmington in October: highs in Kill Devil Hills hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to fly to Charlotte.
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Charlotte — 2 nights

The Queen City

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.
On the 8th (Sat), see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then get in on the family fun at Carowinds, and then experience rural life at Wise Acres Organic Strawberry Farm. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then relax in the rural setting at Darby Acres Farm, then join the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve.

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Getting from Kill Devil Hills to Charlotte by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kill Devil Hills in October since evenings lows in Charlotte dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Asheville.
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Asheville — 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Hendersonville (Slick Rock Country Emporium, Grandad's Apples, &more). There's much more to do: cruise along Blue Ridge Parkway, view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Asheville online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Charlotte to Asheville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Charlotte in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Asheville: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Bryson City.
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Bryson City — 2 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at GSMNP - Deep Creek Trail and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Dogwood Crafters.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bryson City trip planner.

Drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Bryson City can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Highlands.
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Highlands — 1 night

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 15th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, then take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, and then take an exotic tour of Lake Glenville Scenic Waterfall Cruises.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Highlands trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Highlands takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Highlands can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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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.
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