15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Wilmington
— 3 nights
2
Beaufort
— 2 nights
3
Ocracoke
— 1 night
4
Nags Head
— 3 nights
5
Robbinsville
— 1 night
6
Asheville
— 3 nights

3
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Take a break from the city and head to Oak Island Beach and Carolina Beach State Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Holden Beach and Spas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Surf City (Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center & Topsail Island Trading Company). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the galleries of Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Wilmington online trip itinerary builder.

Los Angeles to Wilmington is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Wilmington is 3 hours. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Wilmington, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Surf City, Carolina Beach, Holden Beach, Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Oak Island Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carolina Beach State Park ©
Carolina Beach State Park
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): make a trip to Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Lookout National Seashore, and then get engrossed in the history at Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center. On your second day here, kick back and relax at The Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Hammocks Beach State Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Shackleford Banks.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Beaufort online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Beaufort takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Harkers Island, The Point, Hammocks Beach State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Hammocks Beach State Park ©
Hammocks Beach State Park
Shackleford Banks ©
Shackleford Banks

1
night
Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
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 17th (Sun): stroll the grounds of British Cemetery, thenidentify plant and animal life at Springers Point, thensteep yourself in history at Fort Ocracoke Monument, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ocracoke route planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Beaufort to Ocracoke takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Springers Point ©
Springers Point

3
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carova Beach and Frisco Beach. Get outdoors at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get out of town with these interesting Nags Head side-trips: Corolla (Currituck Beach & Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, get your game on at Life On A Sandbar, and take a peaceful walk through Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nags Head trip app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Nags Head takes 5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Nags Head are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Robbinsville.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Corolla, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, Frisco Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site ©
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach

1
night
Robbinsville

Robbinsville ©
Robbinsville is a town in Graham County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): trek along Murphy River Walk and then head outdoors with Carolina Outfitters. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Santeetlah Lake, take a peaceful walk through Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, and then take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Robbinsville route maker site.

You can drive from Nags Head to Robbinsville in 8.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Nags Head in May, Robbinsville is slightly colder at night with lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Robbinsville

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Carolina Outfitters, Murphy River Walk, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Cherohala Skyway
Highlights from your plan
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest ©
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
Cherohala Skyway ©
Cherohala Skyway

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Step out of the city life by going to Pisgah National Forest and Max Patch. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Whitewater Falls and Craggy Gardens. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Mast General Store (in Waynesville) and Soco Falls (in Maggie Valley). There's more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Highland Brewing Company.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Asheville trip planner.

Drive from Robbinsville to Asheville in 2 hours. May in Asheville sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Whitewater Falls, Pisgah National Forest, Max Patch, Mast General Store, Soco Falls
Highlights from your plan
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest
Max Patch ©
Max Patch
Whitewater Falls ©
Whitewater Falls

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