31 days in North Carolina Itinerary

31 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Charlotte
— 4 nights
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Asheville
— 6 nights
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Bryson City
— 4 nights
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Durham
— 4 nights
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Nags Head
— 4 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 4 nights
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Wilmington
— 4 nights
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Charlotte

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Billy Graham Library and NASCAR Hall of Fame. Go for a jaunt from Charlotte to Albemarle to see Morrow Mountain State Park about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Carolinas Aviation Museum, get in on the family fun at Carowinds, sample the fine beverages at Muddy River Distillery, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Charlotte vacation planner.

Columbus to Charlotte is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Theme Parks · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Asheville

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 Food Tours and Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Lure Flowering Bridge (in Lake Lure), Mount Mitchell State Park (in Burnsville) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Biltmore, pause for some photo ops at Thomas Wolfe Memorial, stop by Asheville Bee Charmer, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Team ECCO Aquarium & Shark Lab.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Asheville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Charlotte in October, plan for slightly colder days in Asheville, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dry Falls and Zipline. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, get interesting insight from Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bryson City tour planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In October in Bryson City, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Durham.

Things to do in Bryson City

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Durham

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sarah P. Duke Gardens and North Carolina Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durham: Raleigh (Pullen Park & North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences). There's much more to do: gain insight at Duke University, make a trip to Womancraft Gifts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, and look for all kinds of wild species at Umstead State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Durham online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Bryson City to Durham in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Durham when traveling from Bryson City in October, with lows around 52°F. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Durham

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Nags Head

Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Explore hidden gems such as Jennette's Pier and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Get out of town with these interesting Nags Head side-trips: Corolla (Whalehead Club & Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk, immerse yourself in nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and appreciate the history behind The Monument to a Century of Flight.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nags Head trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durham to Nags Head takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nags Head when traveling from Durham in October, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Adventure

Side Trips

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Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Change things up with a short trip to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rodanthe (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Island Farm, take in nature's colorful creations at Elizabethan Gardens, visit a coastal fixture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, and take a tour of Roanoke Island Festival Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Manteo trip builder tool.

Manteo is very close to Nags Head. October in Manteo sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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Wilmington

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Battleship North Carolina and Oak Island Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Wilmington side-trips: Oak Island Lighthouse (in Oak Island), Southport (North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport & Southport Pier and RIverwalk) and Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (in Surf City). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Bellamy Mansion, learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, and admire the majestic nature at Carolina Beach State Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Wilmington holiday website.

Drive from Manteo to Wilmington in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In October, daytime highs in Wilmington are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · 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.