7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Bryson City
Drive
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Wrightsville Beach
— 1 day
Drive
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Ocracoke
— 1 night
Ferry
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Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
Fly

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Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryson City trip planning app.

New York City to Bryson City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from New York City in August, expect little chillier with lows of 61°F in Bryson City. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wrightsville Beach.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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Wrightsville Beach

— 1 day
Wrightsville Beach is a town in New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States. On the 6th (Tue), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Wrightsville Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Wrightsville Beach takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Bryson City in August, expect Wrightsville Beach to be somewhat warmer, temps between 88°F and 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Wrightsville Beach

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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 7th (Wed): kick back and relax at Ocracoke Lifeguard Beach, enjoy the sea views from Ocracoke Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ocracoke travel planner.

Drive from Wrightsville Beach to Ocracoke in 5.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Hatteras Island

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Frisco Beach, and then stroll through Haulover. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hatteras Island trip itinerary builder tool.

You can ride a ferry from Ocracoke to Hatteras Island in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Hatteras Island can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Kill Devil Hills

— 2 nights
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, then tour the water at your own pace with Ocean Atlantic Rentals, then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Currituck Beach, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kill Devil Hills trip builder tool.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Kill Devil Hills in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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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.