23 days in North Carolina Itinerary

23 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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23 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Chapel Hill
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Blowing Rock
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Raleigh
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Edenton
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Ocracoke
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Beaufort
— 3 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2​h 15​min
7
Wilmington
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Chapel Hill

3
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Get a sense of the local culture at Flat Top Manor and Mystery Hill. Go for a jaunt from Blowing Rock to Dobson to see Shelton Vineyards about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: stop by Mast General Store, admire the majestic nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blowing Rock Brewery, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Blowing Rock driving holiday website .

Chapel Hill to Blowing Rock is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chapel Hill in July, with highs in Blowing Rock at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Shelton Vineyards, River Rafting & Tubing, Mast General Store
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum and Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and DuPont State Recreational Forest. Go for a jaunt from Asheville to Pisgah Forest to see Pisgah National Forest about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and shop like a local with Philip DeAngelo Studio.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip planner .

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Blowing Rock in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Asheville

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest

3
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Do some cultural sightseeing at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Airborne and Special Operations Museum. North Carolina Museum of Art and FRANK Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Duke University Chapel (in Durham), The Carolina Basketball Museum (in Chapel Hill) and Conservators Center (in Burlington). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Neuse River Trail, admire the masterpieces at Gregg Museum of Art & Design, and identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Raleigh trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Asheville to Raleigh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in July, things will get a bit warmer in Raleigh: highs are around 38°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Edenton.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Chapel Hill, Conservators Center, Duke University Chapel, 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum, Airborne and Special Operations Museum
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
The Carolina Basketball Museum ©
The Carolina Basketball Museum

3
nights
Edenton

Edenton ©
Edenton is a town on Albemarle Sound in Chowan County, North Carolina, United States. Visit Barker House and Whalehead Club for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum and 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edenton: Corolla (Currituck Beach & Nature & Wildlife Tours), Parasailing & Paragliding (in Duck) and Bear-Ology Black Bear Museum (in Plymouth). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Sylvan Heights Bird Park.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Edenton day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Edenton takes 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Edenton are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Edenton

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Corolla, Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Bear-Ology Black Bear Museum, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Sylvan Heights Bird Park ©
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Parasailing & Paragliding
Barker House ©
Barker House

3
nights
Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
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. We've included these beaches for you: Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach and Ocracoke Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Ocracoke Beach Fires and Coquina Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ocracoke: Lee Robinson's General Store (in Hatteras), Frisco Beach (in Frisco) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Ocracoke Monument.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ocracoke trip planner .

You can drive from Edenton to Ocracoke in 4 hours. July in Ocracoke sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, Coquina Beach, Lee Robinson's General Store, Frisco Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Coquina Beach ©
Coquina Beach
Ocracoke Beach ©
Ocracoke Beach

3
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Get outdoors at Hammocks Beach State Park and Cape Lookout National Seashore. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Lookout Lighthouse and North Carolina Maritime Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Beaufort side-trips: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Swansboro) and The Smash Shack (in Jacksonville). There's lots more to do: stop by Island Express Ferry Service, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon State Park, and stop by The Artestry Hideaway.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Beaufort travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Ocracoke to Beaufort by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Beaufort

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Harkers Island, Swansboro, Fort Macon State Park, The Smash Shack
Highlights from your plan
Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service
Cape Lookout Lighthouse ©
Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Hammocks Beach State Park ©
Hammocks Beach State Park

4
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex and Oak Island Beach. Do your shopping at Expo 216 and Haag and Sons Seafood. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Trinity United Methodist Church (in Southport) and Topsail Island (in Surf City). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, admire the striking features of Bellamy Mansion, contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, and explore the galleries of Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

Discover how to plan a Wilmington trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Beaufort to Wilmington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Wilmington sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Oak Island, Trinity United Methodist Church, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Topsail Island
Highlights from your plan
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Expo 216 ©
Expo 216
Fort Fisher State Historic Site ©
Fort Fisher State Historic Site

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