22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Blowing Rock
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Charlotte
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Raleigh
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: New York City

1
night
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 (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bryson City road trip planning website .

New York City to Bryson City is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from New York City in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bryson City, with lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Cherokee, Carolina Outfitters
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Unique Gift Outlet ©
Unique Gift Outlet

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Bring the kids along to Zipline and Sliding Rock. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard), Dry Falls (in Highlands) and Devil's Courthouse (in Pisgah Forest). There's lots more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Parkway, and admire all the interesting features of Elijah Mountain Gem Mine.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Asheville day trip planning app .

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Pisgah Forest, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Dry Falls, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Crystal Mountain Gem Mine
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine ©
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine
Crystal Mountain Gem Mine ©
Crystal Mountain Gem Mine

3
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zipline and Tweetsie Railroad. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Doc's Rocks Gem Mine, get lost in a book at The Blowing Rock Community Library, take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, and stop by Mast General Store.

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You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, Blowing Rock is slightly colder than Asheville - with highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Boone, Grandfather Mountain, Mast General Store
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Tweetsie Railroad ©
Tweetsie Railroad
Doc's Rocks Gem Mine ©
Doc's Rocks Gem Mine

4
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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.
Family-friendly places like Escape Kings and Carowinds will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Charlotte: Uwharrie Crystalline (in Seagrove), Old Salem Museums & Gardens (in Winston Salem) and North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro). The adventure continues: get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, engage your brain at Discovery Place Science, and look for all kinds of wild species at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip maker site .

Getting from Blowing Rock to Charlotte by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in June, expect Charlotte to be somewhat warmer, temps between 88°F and 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

North Carolina Zoo, Uwharrie Crystalline, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, The Lazy 5 Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
North Carolina Zoo ©
North Carolina Zoo
Carowinds ©
Carowinds

3
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher and Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Topsail Island (in Surf City) and Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broomtail Craft Brewery, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Wilmington tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Charlotte to Wilmington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. June in Wilmington sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Topsail Island, Oak Island Beach, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
Highlights from your plan
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher ©
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Topsail Island ©
Topsail Island

3
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Marbles Kids Museum and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Raleigh: Conservators Center (in Burlington) and Durham (Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, & more). The adventure continues: stroll around Pullen Park, admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Raleigh online route planner .

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Raleigh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Raleigh are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Durham, Conservators Center
Highlights from your plan
Marbles Kids Museum ©
Marbles Kids Museum
Museum of Life + Science ©
Museum of Life + Science

3
nights
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
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 Jockey's Ridge State Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Nags Head, make a side trip to see Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum in Corolla, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, and get your game on at Outer Banks Old Time Photos.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nags Head trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Nags Head takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. While traveling from Raleigh, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nags Head, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Corolla, Kill Devil Hills, Parasailing & Paragliding, The Monument to a Century of Flight, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
Highlights from your plan
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Parasailing & Paragliding

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