30 days in North Carolina Itinerary

30 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina journey planner
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Raleigh
— 3 nights
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Fayetteville
— 1 night
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Wilmington
— 4 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 4 nights
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Asheville
— 5 nights
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
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Highlands
— 2 nights
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Charlotte
— 4 nights
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Greensboro
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Raleigh — 3 nights

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Get out of town with these interesting Raleigh side-trips: Durham (Duke University Chapel, Durham Central Park, &more) and The Carolina Basketball Museum (in Chapel Hill). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, explore the engaging exhibits at Marbles Kids Museum, learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and see the interesting displays at North Carolina Museum of History.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Raleigh day trip tool.

Durham to Raleigh is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. January in Raleigh sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fayetteville.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Fayetteville — 1 night

Fayetteville is a city in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. On the 14th (Fri), brush up on your military savvy at 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at 1897 Poe House, and then see the interesting displays at Airborne and Special Operations Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fayetteville road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Fayetteville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Fayetteville can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Wilmington.
Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Wilmington — 4 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Venture out of the city with trips to North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach), Walton's Distillery (in Jacksonville) and Sacred Willow Spa (in Calabash). And it doesn't end there: step aboard Battleship North Carolina, learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, visit Historic District, and don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilmington itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Fayetteville to Wilmington by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Wilmington are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Blowing Rock.
Breweries & Distilleries · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums · Wineries
Side Trips

Blowing Rock — 4 nights

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blowing Rock: Crossnore Weavers and Gallery (in Crossnore), Linville Falls (in Linville Falls) and Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area (in Hiddenite). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, go deep underground at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine, and steep yourself in history at Flat Top Manor.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Blowing Rock road trip tool.

Getting from Wilmington to Blowing Rock by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Wilmington in January, expect Blowing Rock to be little chillier, temps between 41°F and 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Asheville — 5 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: Elijah Mountain Gem Mine (in Hendersonville) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and examine the collection at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild).

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Asheville journey planner.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Blowing Rock in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville: temperatures range from 47°F by day to 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cherokee.
Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Cherokee — 3 nights

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.
Explore Cherokee's surroundings by going to Maggie Valley (Cataloochee Ski Area & Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum) and Max Patch (in Hot Springs). Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cherokee road trip tool.

You can drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Cherokee can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Highlands.
Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips

Highlands — 2 nights

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center and then take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Highlands travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Highlands takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in January, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to fly to Charlotte.
Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Side Trips

Charlotte — 4 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.
Charlotte is known for museums, theme parks, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have fun and explore at Discovery Place Science, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, examine the collection at Carolinas Aviation Museum, and stroll around Freedom Park.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Charlotte trip builder app.

You can fly from Highlands to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Charlotte when traveling from Highlands in February, with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Greensboro.
Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Childrens Museums
Side Trip

Greensboro — 3 nights

Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Venture out of the city with trips to Pilot Mountain State Park (in Pinnacle), Hanging Rock State Park (in Danbury) and Mount Airy (Mayberry Replica Courthouse & Floyd's City Barbershop). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at International Civil Rights Center & Museum, get curious at Greensboro Science Center, and gain some tasty knowledge on Tap Hopper Tours.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Greensboro trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Greensboro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Greensboro, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

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.