31 days in North Carolina Itinerary

31 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip itinerary maker

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Fly to Raleigh Durham International Airport, Drive to Raleigh
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Raleigh
— 4 nights
Drive
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Linville Falls
— 3 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 3 nights
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Ocracoke
— 1 night
Ferry to Cedar Island, NC, Drive to Wilmington
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Wilmington
— 5 nights
Drive to Raleigh Durham International Airport, Fly to George Airport

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to North Carolina Museum of Art and Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Yates Mill County Park and Old Town Cemetery. Explore Raleigh's surroundings by going to Durham (Bennett Place Historic Site & Duke Lemur Center), FRANK Gallery (in Chapel Hill) and Sylvan Heights Bird Park (in Scotland Neck). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Greensboro History Museum, make a trip to Videri Chocolate Factory, look for all kinds of wild species at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, and hike along Neuse River Trail.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Raleigh trip planner.

George, South Africa to Raleigh is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from George to Raleigh. Traveling from George in July, things will get much hotter in Raleigh: highs are around 38°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Linville Falls.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Linville Falls

— 3 nights
Linville Falls is an unincorporated community at the junction of Avery, Burke, and McDowell counties in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Pisgah National Forest and Whiteside Mountain. Step off the beaten path and head to Linville Gorge and Linville Falls Winery. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, hike along Rough Ridge Lookout, stop by Uptown Funk Spruce Pine, and admire the sheer force of Bobby McLean Memorial Park.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Linville Falls online tour planner.

Getting from Raleigh to Linville Falls by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Linville Falls when traveling from Raleigh in July, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Linville Falls

Nature · Parks · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Grovewood Village and Blue Spiral 1 will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cataloochee Valley and Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (in Flat Rock), Burntshirt Vineyards (in Hendersonville) and Soco Falls (in Maggie Valley). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Thomas Wolfe Memorial, wander the streets of Asheville Drum Circle, look for gifts at Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar, and stroll the grounds of Riverside Cemetery.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville vacation planner.

You can drive from Linville Falls to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 3 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill. Step off the beaten path and head to Whitewater Falls and Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bryson City: Gorges State Park (in Sapphire) and Carolina Outfitters (in Topton). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bryson City day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Bryson City are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Corolla

— 3 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Currituck Beach. You'll explore and learn at Whalehead Club and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum. Step out of Corolla to go to Carova and see Carova Beach, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, see Off-Road Tours, hike along Currituck Banks Reserve, and examine the collection at Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Corolla trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Bryson City to Corolla by combination of flight and car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryson City in July, Corolla is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manteo.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 2 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stop by The Christmas Shop, identify plant and animal life at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, then steep yourself in history at Island Farm, and then identify plant and animal life at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manteo journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 3 nights
Visiting Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Haulover will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Hatteras Island Ocean Center and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Take a break from Hatteras Island with a short trip to Mom's Sweet Shop in Kill Devil Hills, about 1h 30 min away.

Make your Hatteras Island itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Manteo to Hatteras Island in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Ocracoke

— 1 night
Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Springers Point, then steep yourself in history at British Cemetery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ocracoke road trip website.

You can ride a ferry from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ocracoke are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Wilmington

— 5 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 Oak Island Beach and Fort Fisher State Historic Site. Get in touch with nature at Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Explore Wilmington's surroundings by going to Spas (in Surf City), Southport (Fort Johnston - Southport Museum & Visitors Center & North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport) and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (in Kure Beach). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Bellamy Mansion, stop by Cape Fear Spice Merchants, indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Anthem Beer Project, and learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Wilmington road trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Wilmington in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. July in Wilmington sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

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.