27 days in North Carolina Itinerary

27 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip itinerary builder

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Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 3 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive
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Raleigh
— 4 nights
Drive
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Blowing Rock
— 3 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 3 nights
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Corolla

— 3 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Bring the kids along to Off-Road Tours and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum. Step out of Corolla with an excursion to Carova Beach in Carova--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Back Country Safari Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, soothe aching muscles at Corolla Yoga, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Corolla trip planner.

Sanford to Corolla is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. In June, Corolla is a bit cooler than Sanford - with highs of 86°F and lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manteo.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 3 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Family-friendly places like North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and Bodie Island Lighthouse will thrill your kids. Step out of Manteo with an excursion to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rodanthe--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, walk around Dowdy Park, enjoy the sea views from Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, and get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manteo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Manteo can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 3 nights
Attractions like Frisco Beach and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Hatteras Island's surroundings by going to Kill Devil Hills (Avalon Fishing Pier, Wright Brothers National Memorial, &more), Duck Woods Country Club (in Kitty Hawk) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe).

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hatteras Island driving holiday planning website.

Getting from Manteo to Hatteras Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 3 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Attractions like Battleship North Carolina and Topsail Island make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Holden Beach (in Holden Beach), North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Federal Point History Center (in Carolina Beach). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Camp, kick back and relax at Oak Island Beach, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and look for gifts at The Veggie Wagon.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Hatteras Island to Wilmington by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. In June in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 4 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kids will enjoy Neuse River Trail and North Carolina Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Raleigh: Greensboro (International Civil Rights Center & Museum, Greensboro History Museum, &more), Alamance Arts (in Graham) and North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Pullen Park, admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park, and get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Raleigh journey maker app.

Drive from Wilmington to Raleigh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Raleigh, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 3 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Family-friendly places like Zipline and Otter Falls will thrill your kids. When in Blowing Rock, make a side trip to see Linville Caverns in Marion, approximately Marion away. There's still lots to do: go deep underground at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine, look for gifts at Souvenir Shirts, explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and get curious at Mystery Hill.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock trip planner.

Drive from Raleigh to Blowing Rock in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Raleigh in June, expect Blowing Rock to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Bring the kids along to Zipline and Food Tours. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Hendersonville (Vessel & Elijah Mountain Gem Mine), Brevard (Crystal Mountain Gem Mine & Transylvania County Courthouse) and Sliding Rock (in Pisgah Forest). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and take some stellar pictures from Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Blowing Rock, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 3 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Grotto Falls Parking. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bryson City: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Clingmans Dome, Newfound Gap Road, &more). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Nantahala on the Fly, look for gifts at Bryson City Outdoors, get great views at Newfound Gap Comfort Station, and get engrossed in the history at Swain County Heritage Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bryson City travel route planner.

Drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · 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.