15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Kill Devil Hills
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Avon, Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h
3
New Bern
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Raleigh
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Greensboro
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Detroit

1
night
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. On the 1st (Sun), take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kill Devil Hills online trip builder .

Detroit to Kill Devil Hills is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Detroit in September, Kill Devil Hills is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Avon.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nags Head, Duck Town Boardwalk
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Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

1
night
Avon, Hatteras Island

Avon ©
Avon is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Dare County in the U.S. On the 3rd (Tue), stop by Kinnakeet Clay Studio & Showroom, contemplate the long history of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, then hunt for treasures at Buxton Seafood, and finally kick back and relax at Haulover.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Avon online day trip planner .

You can drive from Kill Devil Hills to Avon in 1.5 hours. September in Avon sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to New Bern.

Things to do in Avon

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Buxton
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Kinnakeet Clay Studio & Showroom ©
Kinnakeet Clay Studio & Showroom
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Buxton Seafood ©
Buxton Seafood

1
night
New Bern

New Bern ©
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. On the 4th (Wed), browse the fresh offerings at New Bern Farmers Market, steep yourself in history at North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, steep yourself in history at Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, then shop like a local with Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery, and finally shop like a local with Fine Art at Baxters. Here are some ideas for day two: browse for treasures at New Berne Antiques and Collectibles, get your bearings at New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, then stop by Mitchell Hardware, then take an in-depth tour of Foscue Plantation, and finally take an in-depth tour of New Bern Academy Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the New Bern trip itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Avon to New Bern. In September, daily temperatures in New Bern can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in New Bern

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Foscue Plantation
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Fine Art at Baxters ©
Fine Art at Baxters
Foscue Plantation ©
Foscue Plantation

2
nights
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 6th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at The Cotton Exchange, then explore the world behind art at Expo 216, then brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, and finally take in the exciting artwork at River to Sea Gallery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at Going Local NC, indulge your taste buds at Motts Channel Seafood, then take in the exciting artwork at Franklin Square Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Artshak Studio and Gallery, and finally stop by Haag and Sons Seafood.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilmington trip planner .

Drive from New Bern to Wilmington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Wilmington

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Southport, Motts Channel Seafood, Haag and Sons Seafood
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Expo 216 ©
Expo 216
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens

3
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Airborne and Special Operations Museum and Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery. Appreciate the collections at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and FRANK Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Raleigh: Pittsboro (McIntyre's Fine Books and Bookends & The Joyful Jewel), Streets at Southpoint (in Durham) and David McCune International Art Gallery (in Fayetteville). The adventure continues: take a stroll through North Hills, explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and hunt for treasures at State Farmers Market.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Raleigh route planner .

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Raleigh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 63°F in Raleigh. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Raleigh

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Pittsboro, Fayetteville, Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery, Streets at Southpoint, FRANK Gallery
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Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery ©
Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery
Airborne and Special Operations Museum ©

2
nights
Greensboro

Greensboro ©
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, examine the collection at Richard Childress Racing, then contemplate the long history of Old Salem Museums & Gardens, then view the masterpieces at Piedmon Craftsmen, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ambleside Gallery. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Greensboro Science Center, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Gibsonville Antiques & Collectibles, and then examine the collection at International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Greensboro trip site .

Getting from Raleigh to Greensboro by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Greensboro are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Greensboro

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Winston Salem, Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, Gibsonville Antiques & Collectibles, Richard Childress Racing
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Richard Childress Racing ©
Richard Childress Racing
Old Salem Museums & Gardens ©
Old Salem Museums & Gardens

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get some cultural insight at New Morning Gallery and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum. Let the collections at Philip DeAngelo Studio and Woolworth Walk capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Waynesville (Cedar Hill Studio & Gallery & Barber Orchard Fruitstand). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Blue Spiral 1, view the masterpieces at River Arts District, contemplate the long history of Biltmore Village, and explore the world behind art at Downtown Asheville Art District.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Greensboro to Asheville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daytime highs in Asheville are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Waynesville, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
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New Morning Gallery ©
New Morning Gallery
Philip DeAngelo Studio ©
Philip DeAngelo Studio

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