20 days in North Carolina Itinerary

20 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
2
Surf City, Topsail Island
— 2 nights
3
Oak Island
— 3 nights
4
Wilmington
— 4 nights
5
Asheville
— 4 nights
6
Bryson City
— 3 nights

3
nights
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and Frisco Beach. Get outdoors at Salvo Beach and Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Hatteras Island online tour itinerary maker.

New York City to Hatteras Island is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Hatteras Island are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Surf City.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve ©
Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve
Haulover ©
Haulover

2
nights
Surf City, Topsail Island

Surf City ©
Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. On the 8th (Tue), stop by Mia's Marketplace, sample the tasty concoctions at Salty Turtle Beer Co.., and then head off the coast to Topsail Island. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Seacoast Art Gallery, then try for a hole-in-one at Patio Playground - the Putt-Putt, then brush up on your military savvy at Missiles and More Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Surf City online trip planner.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Surf City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Oak Island.

Things to do in Surf City

Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Topsail Beach
Highlights from your plan
Topsail Island ©
Topsail Island
Spas
Mia's Marketplace ©
Mia's Marketplace

3
nights
Oak Island

Oak Island is a seaside town located mostly on the barrier island of Oak Island (which also contains the town of Caswell Beach), in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Oak Island Beach and Environmental Overlook Trail. Visiting The Point and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. Take a break from Oak Island with a short trip to Kent Mitchell Nature Trail in Bald Head Island, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Oak Island Lighthouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, tee off at Reserve Golf Club, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Hoarders.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Oak Island trip builder app.

Traveling by journey from Surf City to Oak Island takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Oak Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Southport, Kent Mitchell Nature Trail
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Reserve Golf Club ©
Reserve Golf Club
Oak Island Lighthouse ©
Oak Island Lighthouse

4
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Escape the urban bustle at Little River Road and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Explore hidden gems such as Masonboro Island Reserve and Spas. Change things up with a short trip to Cliffs of the Neuse State Park in Seven Springs (about 2h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Ogden Park, kick back and relax at Carolina Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bald Head Island Beach.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington driving holiday website.

You can travel from Oak Island to Wilmington in an hour. September in Wilmington sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Carolina Beach, Coquina Outcrop, Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville, Little River Road, Bald Head Island Beach
Highlights from your plan
Little River Road ©
Little River Road
Masonboro Island Reserve ©
Masonboro Island Reserve
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park ©
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Take a break from the city and head to The North Carolina Arboretum and Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Highland Brewing Company and New Morning Gallery. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Biltmore, indulge your thirst for a good beer at One World Brewing, stroll around Carrier Park, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Asheville trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Wilmington to Asheville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in September, things will get little chillier in Asheville: highs are around 79°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Tours · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Carrier Park ©
Carrier Park
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum
Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary ©
Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary

3
nights
Bryson City

Bryson City ©
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Step off the beaten path and head to Alum Cave Trail and Tsali Recreation Area. Step out of the city life by going to Mount LeConte and Charlies Bunion. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, stroll through Goldmine Loop Trail, and get engrossed in the history at Swain County Heritage Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bryson City attractions planner.

Getting from Asheville to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Bryson City are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Alum Cave Trail ©
Alum Cave Trail
Charlies Bunion ©
Charlies Bunion

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