30 days in North Carolina Itinerary

30 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Manteo
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 4 nights
Drive
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Raleigh
— 4 nights
Drive
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Winston Salem
— 4 nights
Drive
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Boone
— 3 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Highlands
— 2 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island — 3 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Explore hidden gems such as Island Farm and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Get out of town with these interesting Manteo side-trips: Rodanthe (Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge & Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum) and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (in Manns Harbor). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in nature's colorful creations at Elizabethan Gardens, and visit a coastal fixture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Manteo online sightseeing planner.

New York City to Manteo is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In November, daytime highs in Manteo are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Bellamy Mansion. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Surf City (Spas & Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center), Southport Pier and RIverwalk (in Southport) and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (in Kure Beach). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington, see the interesting displays at Wilmington Railroad Museum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Front Street Brewery.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilmington tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Manteo to Wilmington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Manteo in November, you will find days in Wilmington are a bit warmer (67°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas
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Raleigh — 4 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Step off the beaten path and head to Neuse River Trail and Umstead State Park. Explore Raleigh's surroundings by going to Carolina Tiger Rescue (in Pittsboro), Duke University (in Durham) and North Carolina Botanical Garden (in Chapel Hill). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Conservators Center, take in nature's colorful creations at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, walk around Fred G. Bond Metro Park, and examine the collection at CAM Raleigh.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Raleigh day trip website.

Getting from Wilmington to Raleigh by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Wilmington in November: high temperatures in Raleigh hover around 62°F and lows are around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Winston Salem.
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Winston Salem — 4 nights

Winston-Salem is a city in and the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Reynolda House Museum of American Art and JOLO Winery & Vineyards. Change things up with these side-trips from Winston Salem: Mayberry Replica Courthouse (in Mount Airy), Hanging Rock State Park (in Danbury) and Greensboro (Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, examine the collection at North Carolina Transportation Museum, and play a few rounds at Tanglewood Park.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Winston Salem sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Raleigh to Winston Salem in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Winston Salem can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Boone.
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Boone — 3 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Copper Barrel Distillery (in North Wilkesboro), Grandfather Mountain State Park (in Banner Elk) and Ashe County Cheese (in West Jefferson). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Linville Gorge and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Boone online trip planner.

Getting from Winston Salem to Boone by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Winston Salem in November, expect Boone to be a bit cooler, temps between 52°F and 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Asheville.
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like BREW-ed and Pisgah National Forest. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Max Patch (in Hot Springs) and Cataloochee Valley (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, look for gifts at Mast General Store, take in the exciting artwork at Blue Spiral 1, and admire the natural beauty at Craggy Gardens.

To see ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Boone to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Boone in November, you will find days in Asheville are somewhat warmer (59°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Bryson City.
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Bryson City — 4 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fly Fishing the Smokies and Smoky Mountain Trains Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Murphy (Murphy River Walk & Fields of the Wood). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum, trot along with a tour on horseback, and walk around Oconaluftee Islands Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bryson City road trip website.

Getting from Asheville to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. November in Bryson City sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Highlands.
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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 30th (Tue): stop by Ruby City Gems & Minerals, admire the sheer force of Glen Falls, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Whitewater Falls and then admire the majestic nature at Gorges State Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Highlands vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Highlands takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in November, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough 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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