12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina travel route planner

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Norfolk International Airport, Drive to Grandy
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Grandy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ocracoke
— 1 night
Ferry to Swan Quarter, NC, Drive to Manteo
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hendersonville
— 2 nights
Fly

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Grandy

— 3 nights
Grandy is an unincorporated community in Currituck County, North Carolina, USA. It is located along US 158 between the Currituck Sound (on the east) and the North River (on the west).It is the location of the Weeping Radish Farm and Brewery. Get some historical perspective at Barker House and Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Somerset Place State Historic Site and The Carolina Club. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grandy: Cupola House (in Edenton) and Corolla (Whalehead Club & Currituck Banks Reserve). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Grandy tour itinerary maker website.

Newark to Grandy is an approximately 5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Newark in March, things will get a bit warmer in Grandy: highs are around 59°F and lows about 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Grandy

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Golf · Parks

Side Trips

Ocracoke

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Portsmouth Village, and then stroll the grounds of British Cemetery.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ocracoke trip planning site.

You can drive from Grandy to Ocracoke in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Grandy in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ocracoke, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Manteo.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Historic Sites

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 2 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 23rd (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Roanoke Island Festival Park and then admire the natural beauty at Elizabethan Gardens. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, then browse the exhibits of Wright Brothers National Memorial, and finally get your game on at Life On A Sandbar.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Manteo trip tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Manteo takes 5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Manteo are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 3 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Noni Bacca Winery and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bellamy Mansion and Fort Fisher State Historic Site. Step out of Wilmington to go to Oak Island and see Oak Island Beach, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: step aboard Battleship North Carolina and take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Wilmington trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Manteo to Wilmington in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Manteo in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Wilmington, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Hendersonville.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hendersonville

— 2 nights
Hendersonville is a city in Henderson County, North Carolina United States. Get some historical perspective at Cathedral Of All Souls and Biltmore. Venture out of the city with trips to Asheville (Grovewood Village & Thomas Wolfe Memorial). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and steep yourself in history at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hendersonville trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Hendersonville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Wilmington in March, expect Hendersonville to be little chillier, temps between 58°F and 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hendersonville

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
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.