29 days in North Carolina Itinerary

29 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina travel route planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
Fly
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Blowing Rock
— 3 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 4 nights
Fly
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Charlotte
— 3 nights
Fly
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Wilmington
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Corolla
— 4 nights
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to London

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Raleigh — 2 nights

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Explore Raleigh's surroundings by going to International Civil Rights Center & Museum (in Greensboro) and Durham (Sarah P. Duke Gardens & Duke University Chapel). There's much more to do: hike along Neuse River Trail, get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and stroll around Fred G. Bond Metro Park.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Raleigh trip planning site.

London, UK to Raleigh is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in July, with highs in Raleigh at 38°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can fly to Blowing Rock.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips

Blowing Rock — 3 nights

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Change things up with these side-trips from Blowing Rock: Linville Falls (in Linville Falls) and Thermal Valley (in Morganton). The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, walk around Grandfather Mountain State Park, take some stellar pictures from Rough Ridge Lookout, and immerse yourself in nature at Julian Price Memorial Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Raleigh to Blowing Rock takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Raleigh in July: high temperatures in Blowing Rock hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.
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Asheville — 5 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm (in Hendersonville), Zipline (in Lake Lure) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Blowing Rock in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Asheville, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Bryson City.
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Side Trips

Bryson City — 4 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Get out of town with these interesting Bryson City side-trips: Dry Falls (in Highlands), Santeetlah Lake (in Robbinsville) and Ruby City Gems & Minerals (in Franklin). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, and take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryson City day trip tool.

Drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Bryson City can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Charlotte.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Casinos
Side Trips

Charlotte — 3 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Charlotte: Old Salem Museums & Gardens (in Winston Salem) and Zipline (in Archdale). There's still lots to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get curious at Discovery Place Science, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and find something for the whole family at Carowinds.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Bryson City to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryson City in July, things will get a bit warmer in Charlotte: highs are around 38°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Wilmington.
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Side Trips

Wilmington — 4 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wilmington: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Southport (Southport Pier and RIverwalk & Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry). The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Front Street Brewery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Camp.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Wilmington trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Charlotte to Wilmington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manteo.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours
Side Trips

Manteo, Roanoke Island — 3 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Go for a jaunt from Manteo to Rodanthe to see Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours, take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, and contemplate the long history of Island Farm.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Manteo travel app.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Manteo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Corolla.
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Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature · Parks
Side Trips

Corolla — 4 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Corolla is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Off-Road Tours, take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Corolla day trip planner.

Drive from Manteo to Corolla in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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History Museums · 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.
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