16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Fly to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Drive to Blowing Rock
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Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 2 nights
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Charlotte
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Charlotte
— 2 nights
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Blowing Rock — 2 nights

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Go for a jaunt from Blowing Rock to Linville Falls to see Linville Falls about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, catch some excitement at Tweetsie Railroad, admire the majestic nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, and walk around Grandfather Mountain State Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock trip itinerary site.

Hannover, Germany to Blowing Rock is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Hannover to Blowing Rock is minus 6 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Blowing Rock can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Asheville.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips

Asheville — 5 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure), High Mountain Expeditions (in Boone) and Chimney Rock (Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine & Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park). And it doesn't end there: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, tour the pleasant surroundings at Western North Carolina Nature Center, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and view the masterpieces at Woolworth Walk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip planner.

Drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in May, expect nights in Asheville to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bryson City.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trips

Bryson City — 2 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): relax and float downstream with Carolina Outfitters and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bryson City road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Corolla.
Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Corolla — 2 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 19th (Thu), enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, see Off-Road Tours, and then take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Corolla road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Bryson City to Corolla in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Bryson City in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Corolla, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manteo.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Side Trip

Manteo, Roanoke Island — 2 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): walk around Jockey's Ridge State Park, get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, steep yourself in history at Island Farm, and then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manteo travel route builder tool.

Drive from Corolla to Manteo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Manteo are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Charlotte.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trip

Charlotte — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Place Science, then find something for the whole family at Carowinds, and then go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Charlotte trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Manteo to Charlotte takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manteo in May: highs in Charlotte hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
Childrens Museums · Museums · Theme Parks · Tours

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.