29 days in North Carolina Itinerary

29 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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
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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Raleigh: Durham (Sarah P. Duke Gardens & Duke University Chapel) and International Civil Rights Center & Museum (in Greensboro). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Neuse River Trail, walk around Fred G. Bond Metro Park, and engage your brain at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Raleigh travel route website.

London, UK to Raleigh is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from London in July, expect Raleigh to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can fly to Blowing Rock.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Trails
Side Trips

Blowing Rock — 3 nights

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Get out of town with these interesting Blowing Rock side-trips: Rough Ridge Lookout (in Linville), Thermal Valley (in Morganton) and Linville Falls (in Linville Falls). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grandfather Mountain State Park, admire all the interesting features of Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and immerse yourself in nature at Julian Price Memorial Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock online journey builder.

Traveling by flight from Raleigh to Blowing Rock takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In July, Blowing Rock is little chillier than Raleigh - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Asheville.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
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Asheville — 5 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm (in Hendersonville) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Asheville day trip planning website.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in July, expect nights in Asheville to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bryson City.
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Bryson City — 4 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Explore Bryson City's surroundings by going to Ruby City Gems & Minerals (in Franklin), Santeetlah Lake (in Robbinsville) and Dry Falls (in Highlands). There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, and cruise along Cherohala Skyway.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bryson City trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Charlotte.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipline (in Archdale) and Old Salem Museums & Gardens (in Winston Salem). And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get in on the family fun at Carowinds, engage your brain at Discovery Place Science, and examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Charlotte trip builder 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. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryson City in July; daily highs in Charlotte reach 38°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Wilmington.
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Museums · Tours · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Southport (Southport Pier and RIverwalk & Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry). There's lots more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Wrightsville Beach Brewery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Wilmington trip planner.

Fly from Charlotte to Wilmington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manteo.
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Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Transportation
Side Trips

Manteo, Roanoke Island — 3 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Change things up with a short trip to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum in Rodanthe (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours, visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, and explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Manteo journey maker website.

You can drive from Wilmington to Manteo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and car. In July, daily temperatures in Manteo can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Corolla.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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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, relax and rejuvenate at Corolla Yoga, examine the collection at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Corolla online journey planner.

Getting from Manteo to Corolla by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
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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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