31 days in North Carolina Itinerary

31 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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31 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Corolla
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Raleigh
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Greensboro
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Charlotte
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Asheville
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Cherokee
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Atlanta

3
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace (in New Bern), North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (in Southport). The adventure continues: get your game on at Battle House, learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, and wander the streets of Historic District.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilmington road trip tool .

Atlanta to Wilmington is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in December, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites Fun & Games Transportation

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Corolla: Hertford (Jim Catfish Hunter Museum & Sound Golf Links at Albemarle Plantation). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk, tee off at The Grass Course, and look for gifts at Morris Farm Market.

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Drive from Wilmington to Corolla in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. When traveling from Wilmington in December, plan for little chillier days in Corolla, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Golf Tours

Side Trips

Hertford, Duck Town Boardwalk, Morris Farm Market
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
The Grass Course ©
The Grass Course
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum ©

3
nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Explore Manteo's surroundings by going to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe). There's lots more to do: sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, stop by Mom's Sweet Shop, have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Manteo trip planner .

Drive from Corolla to Manteo in 1.5 hours. December in Manteo sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Manteo

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial

4
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
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 Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville), Durham (Duke University Chapel, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, & more) and Sylvan Heights Bird Park (in Scotland Neck). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park, admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and hike along Neuse River Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Raleigh road trip tool .

Drive from Manteo to Raleigh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Manteo in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 37°F in Raleigh. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Durham, Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Airborne and Special Operations Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sylvan Heights Bird Park ©
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Neuse River Trail ©
Neuse River Trail

4
nights
Greensboro

Greensboro ©
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Greensboro: Pilot Mountain State Park (in Pinnacle), Conservators Center (in Burlington) and North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of J. Douglas Galyon Depot, engage your brain at Greensboro Science Center, contemplate the long history of Korner's Folly, and take in the awesome beauty at Hanging Rock State Park.

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Drive from Raleigh to Greensboro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to Charlotte.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Korner's Folly, North Carolina Zoo, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Hanging Rock State Park, Pilot Mountain State Park
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
J. Douglas Galyon Depot ©
J. Douglas Galyon Depot
Room Escape Games

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Charlotte: Richard Petty Driving Experience (in Concord) and The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville). The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at Escape Kings, sample the fine beverages at Muddy River Distillery, examine the collection at Levine Museum of the New South, and find something for the whole family at Carowinds.

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Traveling by train from Greensboro to Charlotte takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Concord, Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, Muddy River Distillery, The Lazy 5 Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

5
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Grandfather Mountain (in Linville) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Biltmore, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and admire the natural beauty at Pisgah National Forest.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Charlotte to Asheville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and car. December in Asheville sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Pisgah National Forest, Grandfather Mountain, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Blue Ridge Pkwy
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Room Escape Games
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

4
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), Dry Falls (in Highlands) and Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino (in Murphy). There's still lots to do: try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the sheer force of Soco Falls, and stop by Unique Gift Outlet.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Cherokee online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, River Rafting & Tubing, Dry Falls, Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino, Whiteside Mountain
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Unique Gift Outlet ©
Unique Gift Outlet

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