29 days in North Carolina Itinerary

29 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina travel planner

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Drive
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Blowing Rock
— 3 nights
Drive
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Charlotte
— 4 nights
Fly
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New Bern
— 4 nights
Drive
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Corolla
— 3 nights
Drive to Swan Quarter, NC, Ferry to Ocracoke
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Ocracoke
— 1 night
Ferry to Cedar Island, NC, Drive to Wilmington
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Wilmington
— 4 nights
Fly
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Highlands
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Asheville
— 5 nights

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Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Get some cultural insight at Flat Top Manor and Hickory Museum of Art. Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Grandfather Mountain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blowing Rock: McGalliard Falls Park (in Valdese), Rough Ridge Lookout (in Linville) and Linville Falls (in Linville Falls). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with Vx3 Trail Rides, walk around Grandfather Mountain State Park, admire the majestic nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, and look for gifts at Mountain Dog.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock itinerary planner.

Asheville to Blowing Rock is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. While traveling from Asheville, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Blowing Rock, ranging from highs of 45°F to lows of 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

4
nights
Charlotte

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.
You'll explore and learn at North Carolina Transportation Museum and Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Do some cultural sightseeing at Levine Museum of the New South and JOLO Winery & Vineyards. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Charlotte: Stone Mountain State Park (in Roaring Gap) and Dennis Vineyards Winery (in Albemarle). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Mint Museum Uptown, get some fabulous bargains at Concord Mills, cool off at Great Wolf Lodge Water Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Charlotte planning tool.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Charlotte in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In February, Charlotte is somewhat warmer than Blowing Rock - with highs of 57°F and lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to New Bern.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trips

4
nights
New Bern

New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse and Barker House. Visiting Sylvan Heights Bird Park and Hammocks Beach State Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting New Bern side-trips: Cape Lookout National Seashore (in Harkers Island), Aurora Fossil Museum (in Aurora) and Historic Edenton State Historic Site (in Edenton). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Mitchell Hardware, view the masterpieces at Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery, examine the collection at New Bern Fireman's Museum, and test your team's savvy at Bear Towne Escape Room.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the New Bern trip builder tool.

You can fly from Charlotte to New Bern in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February in New Bern, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in New Bern

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

3
nights
Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Whalehead Club and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Currituck Beach and Carova Beach. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, get interesting insight from Tours, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read our Corolla online vacation maker.

Drive from New Bern to Corolla in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from New Bern in February, you will find days in Corolla are slightly colder (53°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

1
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Ocracoke

Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, and then stroll the grounds of British Cemetery.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ocracoke trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Corolla to Ocracoke in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Corolla in March since evenings lows in Ocracoke dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites · Outdoors

4
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Wilmington

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Get some historical perspective at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and Fort Fisher State Historic Site. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oak Island Beach and Bellamy Mansion. Get out of town with these interesting Wilmington side-trips: Holden Beach (in Holden Beach), Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (in Surf City) and Museum of Coastal Carolina (in Ocean Isle Beach). Next up on the itinerary: gain insight at North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, look for gifts at Haag and Sons Seafood, admire the majestic nature at Carolina Beach State Park, and take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Wilmington in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ocracoke in March: highs in Wilmington hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Highlands.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

2
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Highlands

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 7th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, then admire the sheer force of Whitewater Falls, and then admire the majestic nature at Gorges State Park. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Glen Falls, hit the slopes at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center, and then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Highlands planning app.

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Highlands takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In March, Highlands is little chillier than Wilmington - with highs of 59°F and lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

2
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Cherokee

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., take in the dramatic scenery at Soco Falls, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Mingus Mill, take in the exciting artwork at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, and then identify plant and animal life at Cataloochee Valley.

To plan Cherokee vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Highlands to Cherokee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

5
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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lexington Glassworks and Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Visiting Pisgah National Forest and Zipline will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: stop by New Morning Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Blue Spiral 1, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Asheville road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Tours

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.