15 days in Washington DC, Virginia & North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in Washington DC, Virginia & North Carolina Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 5 nights
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Williamsburg
— 3 nights
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Grandy
— 1 night
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New Bern
— 1 night
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Surf City, Topsail Island
— 1 night
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Huntersville
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 1 night
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Washington DC

— 5 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Do your shopping at Eastern Market and Takoma Park Farmers Market. National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Gettysburg National Military Park (in Gettysburg) and Laurel Park Race Track (in Laurel). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, contemplate the long history of Georgetown University, get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and ponder the world of politics at Library of Congress.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Washington DC is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Edinburgh in August; daily highs in Washington DC reach 36°C and lows reach 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Casinos

Side Trips

Williamsburg

— 3 nights

Colonial Capital

Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
Appreciate the collections at Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne. For shopping fun, head to Yankee Candle Village or Smithfield Farmers Market. Go for a jaunt from Williamsburg to Smithfield to see St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: revel in the low prices at Williamsburg Premium Outlets, steep yourself in history at Governor's Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Wren Building, and pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Williamsburg journey planner.

You can drive from Washington DC to Williamsburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Grandy.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Grandy

— 1 night
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. On the 20th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, look for gifts at The Cotton Gin, and then learn about winemaking at Sanctuary Vineyards.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Grandy attractions planner.

Getting from Williamsburg to Grandy by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to New Bern.

Things to do in Grandy

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

New Bern

— 1 night
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. On the 21st (Tue), steep yourself in history at Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, stop by Mitchell Hardware, and then get engrossed in the history at North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our New Bern online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Grandy to New Bern takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Surf City.

Things to do in New Bern

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Surf City, Topsail Island

— 1 night
Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 22nd (Wed), look for gifts at Mia's Marketplace and then hunt for treasures at Carolina Decor & More.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Surf City vacation tool.

Traveling by car from New Bern to Surf City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Huntersville.

Things to do in Surf City

Shopping

Huntersville

— 1 night
Huntersville is a large suburban town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Concord Mills, then look for gifts at Dale Earnhardt Inc, and then look for gifts at Birkdale Village.

To see photos and tourist information, go to the Huntersville attractions planner.

Drive from Surf City to Huntersville in 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Huntersville

Shopping · Nightlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Asheville

— 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get some fabulous bargains at Asheville Outlets, take an in-depth tour of Biltmore, and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Asheville trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Huntersville to Asheville in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Virginia travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Specialty Museums
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
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.