12 days in North Carolina & New York City Itinerary

12 days in North Carolina & New York City Itinerary

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Durham
— 1 night
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Charlotte
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Bryson City
— 1 night
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Wilmington
— 1 night
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Nags Head
— 3 nights
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New York City
— 1 night

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Durham

Durham ©

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, take in the exciting artwork at FRANK Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Durham online itinerary planner.

London, UK to Durham is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Durham due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in May, things will get a bit warmer in Durham: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Durham

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel

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Charlotte

Charlotte ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, and then find something for the whole family at Carowinds.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Charlotte trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Durham to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Carowinds ©
Carowinds
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

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Asheville

Asheville ©

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 22nd (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Biltmore, then take in the exciting artwork at Colin's Creatures, and then explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Pkwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Asheville trip planner.

Getting from Charlotte to Asheville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Charlotte in May: high temperatures in Asheville hover around 28°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Food Tours

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Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): stop by Unique Gift Outlet, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Bryson City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Bryson City

Casinos · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Unique Gift Outlet ©
Unique Gift Outlet
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

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Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 25th (Mon), take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, wander the streets of Historic District, and then make a trip to Riverwalk.

To see reviews and more tourist information, use the Wilmington online road trip planner.

You can fly from Bryson City to Wilmington in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bryson City in May: high temperatures in Wilmington hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Historic District ©
Historic District
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

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Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, then get your game on at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, and finally walk around Jockey's Ridge State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, browse the exhibits of Wright Brothers National Memorial, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

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Drive from Wilmington to Nags Head in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Wilmington in May, expect nights in Nags Head to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Off-Road Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

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New York City

New York City ©

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial and then take in the pleasant sights at Central Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock and then admire the striking features of Empire State Building.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the New York City trip site.

Traveling by flight from Nags Head to New York City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Nags Head in May, expect New York City to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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