30 days in North Carolina Itinerary

30 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly
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Raleigh
— 5 nights
Drive to Swan Quarter, NC, Ferry to Ocracoke
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Ocracoke
— 2 nights
Ferry to Cedar Island, NC, Drive to Kure Beach
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Kure Beach
— 2 nights
Fly
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Highlands
— 3 nights
Drive
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Murphy
— 1 night
Drive
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 6 nights
Drive
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Boone
— 4 nights
Drive
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Winston Salem
— 4 nights
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Raleigh — 5 nights

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Neuse River Trail and Southern Supreme Fruitcake. Explore Raleigh's surroundings by going to Carolina Tiger Rescue (in Pittsboro), Conservators Center (in Burlington) and Duke University (in Durham). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Umstead State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, stroll through Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Raleigh online day trip planner.

New York City to Raleigh is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in November, Raleigh is slightly colder at night with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ocracoke.
Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Nature
Side Trips

Ocracoke — 2 nights

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. On the 8th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach and then stroll the grounds of British Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum and then stroll through Springers Point.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ocracoke using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Raleigh to Ocracoke in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Raleigh in November since evenings lows in Ocracoke dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kure Beach.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Kure Beach — 2 nights

Kure Beach is a town in New Hanover County, North Carolina about 15 miles south of Wilmington. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and then stop by Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Fort Fisher State Historic Site and then immerse yourself in nature at Carolina Beach State Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kure Beach day trip tool.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Kure Beach in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Highlands.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Side Trips

Highlands — 3 nights

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glen Falls and Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center. Go for a jaunt from Highlands to Sapphire to see Whitewater Falls about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, and hike along Highland Excursion.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Highlands trip maker site.

You can fly from Kure Beach to Highlands in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kure Beach in November; daily highs in Highlands reach 60°F and lows reach 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Murphy.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Side Trips

Murphy — 1 night

Murphy is a town in and the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. On the 15th (Mon), hike along Murphy River Walk and then make a trip to Fields of the Wood.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Murphy travel planner.

Traveling by car from Highlands to Murphy takes 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Cherokee.
Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Cherokee — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cataloochee Valley and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Barber Orchard Fruitstand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum and then see what you can catch with Fly Fishing the Smokies.

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Traveling by car from Murphy to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Cherokee are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Asheville.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

Asheville — 6 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at BREW-ed and Grovewood Village. Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Max Patch (in Hot Springs), Pisgah National Forest (in Pisgah Forest) and Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (in Flat Rock). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, stroll the grounds of Riverside Cemetery, get curious at Mineral & Lapidary Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Blue Spiral 1.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville tour itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Cherokee to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in November, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Boone.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips

Boone — 4 nights

Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Foggy Mountain Gem Mine and Stone Mountain State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Boone: West Jefferson (Saint Mary's Episcopal Church & Ashe County Cheese), Linville Gorge (in Linville Falls) and Grandfather Mountain State Park (in Banner Elk). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Cascades Trail and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Boone trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Boone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Asheville, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Boone, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Winston Salem.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails
Side Trips

Winston Salem — 4 nights

Winston-Salem is a city in and the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and Tanglewood Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Winston Salem: Hanging Rock State Park (in Danbury), JOLO Winery & Vineyards (in Pilot Mountain) and Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden (in Greensboro). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Mayberry Replica Courthouse and admire the masterpieces at Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Winston Salem road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Boone to Winston Salem takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Boone in November, things will get a bit warmer in Winston Salem: highs are around 60°F and lows about 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

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.