30 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Fly to Norfolk International Airport, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 2 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
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Raleigh
— 5 nights
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Wilmington
— 4 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 3 nights
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Asheville
— 5 nights
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Bryson City
— 3 nights
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Charlotte
— 5 nights
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Corolla — 2 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 2nd (Thu), look for gifts at Morris Farm Market, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then kick back and relax at Currituck Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, explore the galleries of Whalehead Club, then see the interesting displays at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Historic Corolla Chapel.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Corolla online trip itinerary builder.

Nice, France to Corolla is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Nice to Corolla, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Corolla when traveling from Nice in November, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Manteo.
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Manteo, Roanoke Island — 2 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, then stop by The Christmas Shop, and finally sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, then admire the natural beauty at Elizabethan Gardens, then take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, and finally walk around Dowdy Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Manteo tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Nature
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Raleigh — 5 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Venture out of the city with trips to Durham (Duke University Chapel, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, &more), The Carolina Basketball Museum (in Chapel Hill) and Hillsborough (Occoneechee Orange Speedway & Old Town Cemetery). There's still lots to do: hike along Neuse River Trail, shop like a local with Videri Chocolate Factory, see the interesting displays at Airborne and Special Operations Museum, and get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Raleigh tour planner.

You can drive from Manteo to Raleigh in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Manteo in November, plan for little chillier nights in Raleigh, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Wilmington.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wilmington: Carter Blueberry Farm (in Fayetteville), North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Jacksonville (Walton's Distillery & Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial). And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, visit Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry, wander the streets of Historic District, and step aboard Battleship North Carolina.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wilmington day trip planning app.

You can drive from Raleigh to Wilmington in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Wilmington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Blowing Rock.
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Blowing Rock — 3 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: Bobby McLean Memorial Park (in Newland), Wiseman's View Scenic Overlook (in Linville) and Landmark Farm Alpacas (in Grassy Creek). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Parkway, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, and ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Blowing Rock takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, Blowing Rock is little chillier than Wilmington - with highs of 13°C and lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Asheville.
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Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites
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Asheville — 5 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Hendersonville (Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm & Grandad's Apples). Next up on the itinerary: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, go deep underground at Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Asheville online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Blowing Rock in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Asheville, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.
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Bryson City — 3 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: Mingo Falls (in Cherokee) and Highlands (Dry Falls & Bridal Veil Falls). There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, and see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bryson City online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Asheville to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Bryson City can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Charlotte.
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Charlotte — 5 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Airy (The Andy Griffith Museum, Mayberry Replica Courthouse, &more), JOLO Winery & Vineyards (in Pilot Mountain) and Zipline (in Archdale). There's much more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, identify plant and animal life at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, and contemplate the long history of Old Salem Museums & Gardens.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Charlotte trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Bryson City to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Charlotte when traveling from Bryson City in November, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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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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