30 days in North Carolina Itinerary

30 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner
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Boone
— 4 nights
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Asheville
— 7 nights
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Bryson City
— 4 nights
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 4 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 5 nights
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Wilmington
— 5 nights
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Boone — 4 nights

Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. Family-friendly places like High Mountain Expeditions and Moses H. Cone Memorial Park will thrill your kids. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Grandfather Mountain. Change things up with these side-trips from Boone: Grandfather Mountain State Park (in Banner Elk), Rough Ridge Lookout (in Linville) and Copper Barrel Distillery (in North Wilkesboro). Next up on the itinerary: hike along The Greenway Trail, catch some excitement at Tweetsie Railroad, immerse yourself in nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, and stroll through Bass Lake.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Boone trip planner.

Charlotte to Boone is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Charlotte in July, expect Boone to be little chillier, temps between 78°F and 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Asheville.
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Asheville — 7 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Visiting Zipline and Miller's Land of Waterfall Tours will get you outdoors. Attractions like Blue Ridge Pkwy and River Rafting & Tubing make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm (in Hendersonville), DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. There's still lots to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Looking Glass Falls, explore the striking landscape at Sliding Rock, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lexington Glassworks.

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Traveling by car from Boone to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Boone in July: highs in Asheville hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Carolina Outfitters. Take a break from the city and head to Whiteside Mountain and Santeetlah Lake. Explore Bryson City's surroundings by going to Highlands (Highland Excursion & Dry Falls). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Cherohala Skyway.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryson City travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In July in Bryson City, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Corolla.
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Corolla — 4 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Visit Currituck Beach and Carova Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and The Grass Course. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk, enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and soothe aching muscles at Corolla Yoga.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Corolla trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Bryson City to Corolla in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Bryson City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Corolla, with lows of 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hatteras Island.
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Hatteras Island — 5 nights

Visiting Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours will get you outdoors. Kids will enjoy Frisco Beach and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Explore Hatteras Island's surroundings by going to Wright Brothers National Memorial (in Kill Devil Hills), Ghost Crab Quest (in Kitty Hawk) and Jockey's Ridge State Park (in Nags Head).

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hatteras Island trip builder.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Hatteras Island takes 2.5 hours. In July in Hatteras Island, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 5 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Bring the kids along to Room Escape Games and Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex. Step out of the city life by going to Sea Turtle Camp and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Explore Wilmington's surroundings by going to Spas (in Surf City), Holden Beach (in Holden Beach) and Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island). There's much more to do: step aboard Battleship North Carolina, admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, sample the tasty concoctions at Wrightsville Beach Brewery, and wander the streets of Historic District.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Wilmington trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Hatteras Island to Wilmington takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) 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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