32 days in North Carolina Itinerary

32 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Fly to McGhee Tyson Airport, Drive to Bryson City
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Bryson City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 6 nights
Drive
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Charlotte
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nags Head
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 5 nights
Drive
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Durham
— 4 nights
Fly

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Bryson City — 4 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bryson City: Ruby City Gems & Minerals (in Franklin), Highlands (Dry Falls & Bridal Veil Falls) and Mingo Falls (in Cherokee). There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, explore and take pictures at Cherohala Skyway, and examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bryson City visit planner.

Cartagena, Colombia to Bryson City is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Cartagena in May, you will find days in Bryson City are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are cooler (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Asheville.
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Asheville — 6 nights

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: Hendersonville (Burntshirt Vineyards & Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm), Pisgah National Forest (in Pisgah Forest) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. There's much more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Western North Carolina Nature Center.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville day trip tool.

Getting from Bryson City to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Charlotte.
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Charlotte — 4 nights

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 Charlotte's surroundings by going to Mount Airy (Mayberry Replica Courthouse & The Andy Griffith Museum). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, join the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at NoDa Brewing Company.

Before you visit Charlotte, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Asheville to Charlotte by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to fly to Nags Head.
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Nags Head — 4 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 Nags Head's surroundings by going to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe), Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton) and Corolla (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, &more). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nags Head trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Charlotte to Nags Head by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Charlotte in June: highs in Nags Head hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manteo.
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Manteo, Roanoke Island — 4 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, steep yourself in history at Island Farm, and stroll through Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Manteo visit planner.

Manteo is very close to Nags Head. In June, daytime highs in Manteo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 5 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Walton's Distillery (in Jacksonville), Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (in Southport) and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach). There's still lots to do: step aboard Battleship North Carolina, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, relax and rejuvenate at Sacred Willow Spa, and sample the tasty concoctions at Wrightsville Beach Brewery.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Wilmington attractions planner.

Getting from Manteo to Wilmington by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Manteo in June: highs in Wilmington hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Durham.
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Durham — 4 nights

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durham: International Civil Rights Center & Museum (in Greensboro), North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro) and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (in Raleigh). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, let little ones run wild at Durham Central Park, and explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Durham route tool.

You can drive from Wilmington to Durham in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Durham are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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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.
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