31 days in North Carolina Itinerary

31 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Trip Planner

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Mount Airy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nags Head
— 4 nights
Drive
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Frisco, Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Drive to Swan Quarter, NC, Ferry to Ocracoke
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Ocracoke
— 2 nights
Ferry to Cedar Island, NC, Drive to Wilmington
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Wilmington
— 6 nights
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Mount Airy

Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Mount Airy Visitors Center and Shelton Vineyards. Get out of town with these interesting Mount Airy side-trips: Hanging Rock State Park (in Danbury), Mast General Store (in Valle Crucis) and Foggy Mountain Gem Mine (in Boone). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Floyd's City Barbershop and explore the world behind art at Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mount Airy trip itinerary app.

Columbus to Mount Airy is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. September in Mount Airy sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Mount Airy

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Museums

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Pisgah National Forest and Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (in Flat Rock), Mount Mitchell State Park (in Burnsville) and Elijah Mountain Gem Mine (in Hendersonville). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Craggy Gardens, view the masterpieces at Grovewood Village, look for gifts at Asheville Emporium, and shop like a local with Philip DeAngelo Studio.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Mount Airy to Asheville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Asheville, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

3
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Cherokee

Trails of Legends and Adventures

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oconaluftee Islands Park and Whiteside Mountain. When in Cherokee, make a side trip to see Zipline in Bryson City, approximately Bryson City away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum, admire the sheer force of Soco Falls, trot along with a tour on horseback, and attend a concert at Nantahala Brewing Company Taproom, Smokehouse & Brewery.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cherokee vacation maker tool.

Drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Cherokee can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

4
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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 Parasailing & Paragliding and Currituck Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nags Head: Whalehead Club (in Corolla) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe). There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Nags Head Fishing Pier, take a memorable tour with First Flight Adventure Park, pause for some photo ops at The Monument to a Century of Flight, and tee off at Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nags Head trip planner.

You can fly from Cherokee to Nags Head in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Cherokee in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nags Head, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Frisco.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Golf

Side Trips

3
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Frisco, Hatteras Island

Frisco is a small unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) on the barrier island of Hatteras Island, between the villages of Buxton and Hatteras. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Frisco Beach and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Step out of Frisco to go to Hatteras Island and see Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Avon Fishing Pier, examine the collection at Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, and stop by Lee Robinson's General Store.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Frisco day trip planner.

Drive from Nags Head to Frisco in 1.5 hours. October in Frisco sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 62°F at night. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Manteo.

Things to do in Frisco

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 18th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, then visit a coastal fixture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, and then explore the galleries of Roanoke Island Festival Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

For photos and other tourist information, go to the Manteo day trip planning app.

You can travel from Frisco to Manteo in 1.5 hours. October in Manteo sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

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Ocracoke

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. On the 20th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Springers Point and then contemplate the long history of British Cemetery.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ocracoke trip maker website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Manteo to Ocracoke in 5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 62°F. You'll set off for Wilmington on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Wilmington

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Oak Island Beach and Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (in Kure Beach), Southport (Southport Pier and RIverwalk, Old Brunswick County Jail Museum, &more) and Oak Island Lighthouse (in Oak Island). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Bellamy Mansion, examine the collection at Ingram Planetarium, steep yourself in history at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, and take in the waterfront at Kure Beach Pier.

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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. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ocracoke in October since evenings lows in Wilmington dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · 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.