28 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina attractions planner
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Asheville
— 5 nights
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
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Cashiers
— 1 night
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Mount Airy
— 4 nights
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Greensboro
— 4 nights
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Fayetteville
— 3 nights
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Wilmington
— 4 nights
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Corolla
— 2 nights
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Asheville — 5 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Venture out of the city with trips to Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm (in Hendersonville), Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). And it doesn't end there: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and get lost in a book at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild).

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Asheville trip itinerary maker tool.

Cairo, Egypt to Asheville is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairo in November: highs in Asheville hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.
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Cherokee — 3 nights

Trails of Legends and Adventures

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cherokee: Max Patch (in Hot Springs) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, view the masterpieces at Dogwood Crafters, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Waterrock Knob.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cherokee using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Cashiers.
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Cashiers — 1 night

Cashiers is a census-designated place and unincorporated village located in southern Jackson County, North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Bust Your Butt Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lake Glenville Scenic Waterfall Cruises, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cashiers trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Cherokee to Cashiers in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mount Airy.
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Mount Airy — 4 nights

Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Mount Airy: Stone Mountain State Park (in Roaring Gap), Boone (Foggy Mountain Gem Mine & Fishing Charters & Tours) and Blowing Rock (Moses H. Cone Memorial Park & Zipline). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Parkway, make a trip to Old City Jail, do a tasting at JOLO Winery & Vineyards, and admire the majestic nature at Pilot Mountain State Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mount Airy trip builder app.

You can drive from Cashiers to Mount Airy in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daily temperatures in Mount Airy can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Greensboro.
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Greensboro — 4 nights

Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Greensboro: Durham (Sarah P. Duke Gardens & Duke University), Conservators Center (in Burlington) and Winston Salem (Reynolda House Museum of American Art & Old Salem Museums & Gardens). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at International Civil Rights Center & Museum, browse for treasures at Gibsonville Antiques & Collectibles, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and contemplate the long history of Ayr Mount Historic Site.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Greensboro trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Mount Airy to Greensboro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fayetteville.
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Fayetteville — 3 nights

Fayetteville is a city in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fayetteville: Oak City Brewing Company (in Knightdale), Raleigh (North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, &more) and Camelot Playground (in Pinehurst). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Airborne and Special Operations Museum and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fayetteville online tour planner.

You can drive from Greensboro to Fayetteville in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Fayetteville are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 4 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Walton's Distillery (in Jacksonville), Sunset Beach Trading Company (in Sunset Beach) and Kure Beach (Fort Fisher State Recreation Area & North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher). The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, and don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington visit planner.

You can drive from Fayetteville to Wilmington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Wilmington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Corolla.
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Corolla — 2 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours, take a memorable tour with Tours, then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Historic Corolla Chapel. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Currituck Banks Reserve, kick back and relax at Currituck Beach, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Corolla travel planner.

Getting from Wilmington to Corolla by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Wilmington, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Corolla, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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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.
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