13 days in North Carolina Itinerary

13 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Trip Planner

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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to Norfolk International Airport, Drive to Creswell
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Creswell
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
Fly
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Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cherokee
— 4 nights
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Creswell

— 2 nights
Creswell is a town in Washington County, North Carolina, United States. On the 29th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Pettigrew State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Barker House, then take an in-depth tour of Historic Edenton State Historic Site, and then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Albemarle.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Creswell trip itinerary maker tool.

New York City to Creswell is an approximately 6-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In August, daily temperatures in Creswell can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Creswell

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 2 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 1st (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, then do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery, and then step aboard Battleship North Carolina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, then look for gifts at The Veggie Wagon, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

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Traveling by car from Creswell to Wilmington takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 2 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 3rd (Sun), admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Joel Lane Museum House and then stroll around Pullen Park.

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Traveling by car from Wilmington to Raleigh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in September, plan for little chillier nights in Raleigh, with lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Charlotte.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Carowinds. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame and then browse the collection at Billy Graham Library.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Charlotte trip maker site.

You can fly from Raleigh to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Charlotte are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cherokee.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks · Museums

Cherokee

— 4 nights

Trails of Legends and Adventures

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cherokee: River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford), Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Clingmans Dome, Roaring Fork, &more) and Gatlinburg (Zipline, Ole Smoky, &more). There's more to do: try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cherokee trip planner.

You can fly from Charlotte to Cherokee in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Charlotte in September, plan for little chillier nights in Cherokee, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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History Museums · 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.