28 days in North Carolina Itinerary

28 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina holiday maker

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Durham
— 2 nights
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Nags Head
— 4 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
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Wilmington
— 4 nights
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Charlotte
— 4 nights
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Highlands
— 1 night
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Bryson City
— 4 nights
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Asheville
— 5 nights
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Durham

— 2 nights

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Get out of town with these interesting Durham side-trips: Raleigh (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences & Pullen Park), North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro) and International Civil Rights Center & Museum (in Greensboro). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and steep yourself in history at Old Town Cemetery.

Plan trip to Durham with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Montreal, Canada to Durham is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, Durham is a bit warmer than Montreal - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Durham

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nags Head

— 4 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Venture out of the city with trips to Corolla (Parasailing & Paragliding, Off-Road Tours, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, take an in-depth tour of Buffalo City Exhibit, and find something for the whole family at Full Throttle Speedway.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Nags Head trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Durham to Nags Head takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. May in Nags Head sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 3 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Manteo) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe). Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Hatteras Island trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nags Head to Hatteras Island in 1.5 hours. In May in Hatteras Island, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 4 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Topsail Island (in Surf City), Southport (Trinity United Methodist Church & Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry) and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, stop by The Veggie Wagon, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take a stroll through Historic District.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Wilmington online trip maker.

Getting from Hatteras Island to Wilmington by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 4 nights

The Queen City

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Richard Petty Driving Experience (in Concord) and Mount Airy (Floyd's City Barbershop & The Andy Griffith Museum). The adventure continues: examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, join the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway, cool off at Great Wolf Lodge Water Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Charlotte day trip planning website.

You can fly from Wilmington to Charlotte in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Charlotte can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlands

— 1 night
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bust Your Butt Falls, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Highlands trip site.

You can drive from Charlotte to Highlands in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Charlotte in June, with highs in Highlands at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Bryson City

— 4 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bryson City: Old Cardinal Gem Mine (in Franklin), Mingo Falls (in Cherokee) and Santeetlah Lake (in Robbinsville). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, explore and take pictures at Cherohala Skyway, take an in-depth tour of Swain County Heritage Museum, and take in the pleasant sights at GSMNP - Deep Creek Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bryson City online vacation maker.

You can drive from Highlands to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Bryson City are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Asheville

— 5 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: WNC Military History Museum (in Brevard), Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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.