16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Nags Head
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
— 4 nights
— 4 nights


Nags Head — 2 nights

Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Off-Road Tours and Jockey's Ridge State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nags Head: Corolla (Back Country Safari Tours & Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and look for gifts at Kitty Hawk Kites - Nags Head.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nags Head trip planning site.

Milan, Italy to Nags Head is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. January in Nags Head sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Raleigh.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Raleigh — 2 nights

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): have fun and explore at Marbles Kids Museum and then learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel and then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art.

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Traveling by car from Nags Head to Raleigh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Wilmington — 1 night

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): step aboard Battleship North Carolina, then contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilmington holiday planner.

Drive from Raleigh to Wilmington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Raleigh in January, you will find days in Wilmington are somewhat warmer (16°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Blowing Rock.
Historic Sites · Spas

Blowing Rock — 2 nights

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 7th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Appalachian Ski Mtn. and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Linville Falls.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Blowing Rock day trip planning website.

Fly from Wilmington to Blowing Rock in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Wilmington in January, with highs in Blowing Rock at 5°C and lows at -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Asheville.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Asheville — 4 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The North Carolina Arboretum and New Morning Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain), Zipline (in Lake Lure) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). The adventure continues: go deep underground at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lexington Glassworks.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Asheville road trip planning app.

Drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Blowing Rock in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Asheville, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Charlotte.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips

Charlotte — 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Carowinds and Discovery Place Science. Change things up with these side-trips from Charlotte: Tanglewood Park (in Clemmons) and International Civil Rights Center & Museum (in Greensboro). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, join the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

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You can drive from Asheville to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Golf
Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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.