30 days in North Carolina Itinerary

30 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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30 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
train + bus + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Highlands
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cherokee
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Asheville
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Blowing Rock
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Charlotte
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Wilmington
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Raleigh
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Nags Head
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 21st (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Whitewater Falls.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Highlands trip app .

Washington DC to Highlands is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of train, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Washington DC in October since evenings lows in Highlands dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Whiteside Mountain, Whitewater Falls
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cherokee side-trips: Maggie Valley (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum & Waterrock Knob) and Max Patch (in Hot Springs). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, sample the fine beverages at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cherokee trip planner .

You can drive from Highlands to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Cherokee are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, Bryson City, Cherohala Skyway, Max Patch
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

5
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Zipline (in Lake Lure) and Pisgah National Forest (in Pisgah Forest). There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Biltmore, see the interesting displays at Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Asheville trip app .

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pisgah National Forest, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Zipline, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

4
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Take a break from Blowing Rock with a short trip to Linville Gorge in Linville Falls, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Mast General Store, get in on the family fun at Tweetsie Railroad, and steep yourself in history at Flat Top Manor.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Blowing Rock trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in October, expect nights in Blowing Rock to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are little chillier, around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Valle Crucis, River Rafting & Tubing, Linville Gorge, Grandfather Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Tweetsie Railroad ©
Tweetsie Railroad

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Charlotte: Kersey Valley Spooky Woods (in Archdale), Old Salem Museums & Gardens (in Winston Salem) and The Andy Griffith Museum (in Mount Airy). Next up on the itinerary: get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, engage your brain at Discovery Place Science, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pilot Mountain State Park, and get in on the family fun at Carowinds.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Charlotte travel route website .

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Charlotte in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Charlotte: highs are around 63°F and lows about 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Fun & Games Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Kersey Valley Spooky Woods, The Andy Griffith Museum, Pilot Mountain State Park
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

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: North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (in Pine Knoll Shores), North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Southport (Trinity United Methodist Church, Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry, & more). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Battle House, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, make a trip to Riverwalk, and sample the tasty concoctions at Broomtail Craft Brewery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Wilmington road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Charlotte to Wilmington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Southport, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Highlights from your plan
Battle House ©
Battle House
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Room Escape Games

4
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Change things up with these side-trips from Raleigh: Conservators Center (in Burlington), Durham (Sarah P. Duke Gardens & Duke University Chapel) and Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville). There's lots more to do: hike along Neuse River Trail, learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, shop like a local with Ambleside Gallery, and examine the collection at International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Raleigh day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Raleigh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in November, expect Raleigh to be a bit cooler, temps between 62°F and 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Greensboro, Durham, Conservators Center, Airborne and Special Operations Museum
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Neuse River Trail ©
Neuse River Trail

4
nights
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nags Head: Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe), Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton) and Lee Robinson's General Store (in Hatteras). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nags Head journey maker .

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Nags Head takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Raleigh in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nags Head, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Manteo, Kill Devil Hills, Corolla, Lee Robinson's General Store, North Pond Trail
Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Off-Road Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

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