31 days in North Carolina Itinerary

31 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Blowing Rock
— 3 nights
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Asheville
— 5 nights
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Bryson City
— 4 nights
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Charlotte
— 4 nights
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Wilmington
— 5 nights
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Raleigh
— 4 nights
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Nags Head
— 5 nights
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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. Blowing Rock is known for adventure, trails, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, laugh and play at Tweetsie Railroad, immerse yourself in nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, and walk around Grandfather Mountain State Park.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock trip itinerary tool.

Sacramento to Blowing Rock is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Sacramento to Blowing Rock. Traveling from Sacramento in August, you will find days in Blowing Rock are a bit cooler (76°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Asheville

— 5 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Zipline (in Lake Lure) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. There's lots more to do: sample some tasty brews at BREW-ed, take in the exciting artwork at New Morning Gallery, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville trip planner.

Getting from Blowing Rock to Asheville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Blowing Rock, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 4 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: Ruby City Gems & Minerals (in Franklin), Mingo Falls (in Cherokee) and Highlands (Dry Falls & Bridal Veil Falls). There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, steep yourself in history at Oconaluftee Indian Village, take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, and try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bryson City trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Charlotte.

Things to do in Bryson City

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Charlotte: Old Salem Museums & Gardens (in Winston Salem), Mount Airy (Mayberry Replica Courthouse & The Andy Griffith Museum) and The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Carowinds, see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, sample the tasty concoctions at NoDa Brewing Company, and have fun and explore at Discovery Place Science.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Charlotte road trip app.

You can fly from Bryson City to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryson City in August, expect Charlotte to be somewhat warmer, temps between 88°F and 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 5 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Get out of town with these interesting Wilmington side-trips: Walton's Distillery (in Jacksonville), North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (in Pine Knoll Shores) and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach). And it doesn't end there: step aboard Battleship North Carolina, indulge in some personalized pampering at Sacred Willow Spa, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Front Street Brewery.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Wilmington tour planner.

Getting from Charlotte to Wilmington by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Wilmington sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 4 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 International Civil Rights Center & Museum (in Greensboro), Durham (Duke University Chapel, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, &more) and Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, walk around Pullen Park, and stroll through Neuse River Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Raleigh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Raleigh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Raleigh, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nags Head

— 5 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nags Head: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton), Frisco Beach (in Frisco) and Corolla (Back Country Safari Tours, Off-Road Tours, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take an in-depth tour of Wright Brothers National Memorial, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nags Head day trip site.

You can drive from Raleigh to Nags Head in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Raleigh in August, expect nights in Nags Head to be about the same, around 72°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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History Museums · Specialty Museums · Zipline
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.