30 days in North Carolina Itinerary

30 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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30 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly + Drive:  24 h
1
Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Charlotte
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Greensboro
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Raleigh
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
6
Fayetteville
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Wilmington
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h
8
Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  25 h
End: Auckland

2
nights
Cherokee

Cherokee ©
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.
On the 4th (Mon), try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, then examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, and finally stop by Unique Gift Outlet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): get great views at Rhodes Big View Overlook, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cherokee trip itinerary builder site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Cherokee is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 17 hours traveling from Auckland to Cherokee. Traveling from Auckland in January, you will find days in Cherokee are little chillier (10°C), and nights are cooler (-4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Rhodes Big View Overlook, Dry Falls, Whiteside Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Unique Gift Outlet ©
Unique Gift Outlet
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Bearwallow Mountain (in Hendersonville) and The Bechtler House (in Rutherfordton). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Biltmore, take in the exciting artwork at Asheville Gallery of Art, admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville tour itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Whistle Hop Brewing Company, The Bechtler House, Bearwallow Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

4
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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 find plenty of places to visit near Charlotte: Cabo Winery (in Concord), Crooked Creek Park (in Indian Trail) and Kannapolis (Douglas Vineyards & Stewart Haas Racing). There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, appreciate the extensive heritage of Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, get in on the family fun at Carowinds, and examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Charlotte trip maker website .

Drive from Asheville to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Greensboro.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Childrens Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Kannapolis, Concord, Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, Crooked Creek Park
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
Discovery Place Science ©
Discovery Place Science

3
nights
Greensboro

Greensboro ©
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Greensboro: Tanglewood Park (in Clemmons), Winston Salem (Home Moravian Church & Old Salem Museums & Gardens) and Conservators Center (in Burlington). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of J. Douglas Galyon Depot, take in the exciting artwork at Uwharrie Crystalline, get to know the resident critters at North Carolina Zoo, and see the interesting displays at International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Greensboro itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Charlotte to Greensboro in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Winston Salem, North Carolina Zoo, Uwharrie Crystalline, Conservators Center, Tanglewood Park
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
J. Douglas Galyon Depot ©
J. Douglas Galyon Depot
Greensboro Science Center ©
Greensboro Science Center

4
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
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: Old Town Cemetery (in Hillsborough) and Durham (Duke University Chapel, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Joel Lane Museum House, identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park, and learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Raleigh online tour planner .

Getting from Greensboro to Raleigh by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Raleigh are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Durham, Old Town Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Urban Axes Durham ©
Urban Axes Durham
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art

4
nights
Fayetteville

Fayetteville ©
Fayetteville is a city in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fayetteville: Harmony Hall Plantation (in White Oak), Carolina Horse Park (in Raeford) and Weymouth Woods (in Southern Pines). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Airborne and Special Operations Museum, contemplate the long history of 1897 Poe House, walk around Rassie Wicker Park, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fayetteville sightseeing planning tool .

Getting from Raleigh to Fayetteville by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Fayetteville are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinehurst, Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Weymouth Woods, Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom, Harmony Hall Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary ©
Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary
Airborne and Special Operations Museum ©
1897 Poe House ©
1897 Poe House

4
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
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: Jacksonville (Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Walton's Distillery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Battle House, explore the different monuments and memorials at Wilmington National Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Cape Fear Museum, and explore the world behind art at Expo 216.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wilmington itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fayetteville to Wilmington in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Wilmington sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Wilmington

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Jacksonville, Motts Channel Seafood
Highlights from your plan
Battle House Laser Tag ©
Battle House Laser Tag
Wilmington National Cemetery ©
Wilmington National Cemetery
Sea Turtle Camp ©
Sea Turtle Camp

2
nights
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, then get your game on at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, then sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, and finally explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours, visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse.

Before you visit Kill Devil Hills, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Wilmington to Kill Devil Hills in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Wilmington in January, plan for slightly colder days in Kill Devil Hills, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Outdoors

Side Trips

Corolla, Nags Head, Outer Banks Distilling
Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Outer Banks Old Time Photos ©
Outer Banks Old Time Photos
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial

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