27 days in North Carolina Itinerary

27 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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27 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Blowing Rock
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Mount Airy
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Harkers Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Ocracoke
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
7
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Wilmington
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Port of Spain, Trinidad

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
For shopping fun, head to Lexington Glassworks or aSHEville Museum. Asheville Pinball Museum and Swannanoa Valley Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: River Rafting & Tubing (in Marshall), DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain) and Pisgah Forest (Looking Glass Falls & Pisgah National Forest). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Mitchell State Park, view the masterpieces at Woolworth Walk, stop by Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar, and cruise along Blueridge Parkway.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville online trip builder .

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Asheville is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Port of Spain to Asheville. Traveling from Port of Spain in July, expect Asheville to be little chillier, temps between 33°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Pisgah Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Swannanoa Valley Museum
Highlights from your plan
Looking Glass Falls ©
Looking Glass Falls
DuPont State Recreational Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest

4
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock ©
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Popular historic sites such as Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and Flat Top Manor are in your itinerary. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mast General Store and Souvenir Shirts. Go for a jaunt from Blowing Rock to Linville Falls to see Linville Gorge about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, do a tasting at Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Greenway Trail, and stop by Mast General Store.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Blowing Rock tour planning site .

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Asheville in July: highs in Blowing Rock hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Mount Airy.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Boone, Banner Elk, Mast General Store, Linville Gorge, Grandfather Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Flat Top Manor ©
Flat Top Manor
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Linville Gorge ©
Linville Gorge

3
nights
Mount Airy

Mount Airy ©
Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Andy Griffith Museum and Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. Get outdoors at Pilot Mountain and Pilot Mountain State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Winston Salem (SciWorks & Reynolda House Museum of American Art). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Mount Airy Visitors Center, stop by Opies Candy Store, and learn about winemaking at Shelton Vineyards.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mount Airy trip planner.

Drive from Blowing Rock to Mount Airy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Blowing Rock in July; daily highs in Mount Airy reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Harkers Island.

Things to do in Mount Airy

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Winston Salem, Shelton Vineyards, Pilot Mountain State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Andy Griffith Museum ©
The Andy Griffith Museum
Pilot Mountain State Park ©
Pilot Mountain State Park

2
nights
Harkers Island

Harkers Island ©
Harkers Island is a census-designated place (CDP) in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Cape Lookout Lighthouse.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Harkers Island visit planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mount Airy to Harkers Island. Traveling from Mount Airy in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 27°C in Harkers Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Harkers Island

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Cape Lookout Lighthouse ©
Cape Lookout Lighthouse

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): kick back and relax at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach and then contemplate the long history of British Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Ocracoke Preservation Museum, identify plant and animal life at Springers Point, and then visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ocracoke road trip planning website .

Drive from Harkers Island to Ocracoke in 4 hours. July in Ocracoke sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery
Springers Point ©
Springers Point

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parasailing & Paragliding and Currituck Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Whalehead in Historic Corolla and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Get out of town with these interesting Nags Head side-trips: Carova Beach (in Corolla) and Duck's Cottage (in Duck). The adventure continues: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and look for gifts at Seagreen Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nags Head online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Nags Head in 4.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Nags Head can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manteo.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Corolla, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Duck's Cottage, Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach
Whalehead Club ©
Whalehead Club

2
nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 21st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, then experience rural life at Island Farm, and then step aboard Roanoke Island Festival Park. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manteo journey builder app .

Manteo is just a short distance from Nags Head. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site ©
Island Farm ©
Island Farm

4
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Head to Topsail Island Trading Company and Franklin Square Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will get to explore Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Wilmington Railroad Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Wilmington: Surf City (Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center & Topsail Boat Rental), Oak Island Beaches (in Oak Island) and Southport (Old Brunswick County Jail Museum & North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Holden Beach, take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington, admire the landmark architecture of Bellamy Mansion, and take an in-depth tour of Cape Fear Museum.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington road trip site .

Traveling by car from Manteo to Wilmington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Southport, Surf City, Oak Island Beach, Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Holden Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fort Fisher State Historic Site ©
Fort Fisher State Historic Site
Holden Beach ©
Holden Beach

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