35 days in North Carolina Itinerary

35 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina tour itinerary builder

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Durham
— 3 nights
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Corolla
— 4 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 4 nights
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Wilmington
— 5 nights
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Charlotte
— 4 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 4 nights
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Asheville
— 5 nights
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Cherokee
— 5 nights
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Durham

— 3 nights

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Get out of town with these interesting Durham side-trips: Raleigh (Neuse River Trail, North Carolina Museum of History, &more), Conservators Center (in Burlington) and Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Town Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, and deepen your understanding at Duke University.

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Columbus to Durham is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Durham can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Durham

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Corolla

— 4 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Go for a jaunt from Corolla to Carova to see Carova Beach about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, kick back and relax at Currituck Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Corolla day trip app.

Traveling by car from Durham to Corolla takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In June in Corolla, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 4 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Hatteras Island: Manteo (Buffalo City Exhibit, Outer Banks Distilling, &more), Nags Head (Jockey's Ridge State Park, Bodie Island Lighthouse, &more) and Wright Brothers National Memorial (in Kill Devil Hills).

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hatteras Island trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Corolla to Hatteras Island in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Hatteras Island can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 5 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wilmington: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach), Sacred Willow Spa (in Calabash) and Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (in Southport). There's still lots to do: take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, stop by Downtown Wilmington, make a trip to Riverwalk, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Wilmington trip planner.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Wilmington in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In July in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to fly to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 4 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Charlotte: The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville), Winston Salem (Reynolda House Museum of American Art & Old Salem Museums & Gardens) and The Andy Griffith Museum (in Mount Airy). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Carowinds, examine the collection at Levine Museum of the New South, explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Settlers Cemetery, and have fun and explore at Discovery Place Science.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Charlotte travel planner.

Fly from Wilmington to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Charlotte sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 4 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blowing Rock: Wiseman's View Scenic Overlook (in Linville) and Linville Gorge (in Linville Falls). There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, stop by Mast General Store, and go deep underground at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Blowing Rock trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Charlotte to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Charlotte in July: high temperatures in Blowing Rock hover around 78°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Asheville

— 5 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Brevard (WNC Military History Museum & Crystal Mountain Gem Mine). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum, look for all kinds of wild species at Miller's Land of Waterfall Tours, and sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville day trip site.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Blowing Rock, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 5 nights

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.
Explore Cherokee's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City), Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Highlands (Dry Falls & Cullasaja Falls). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum, look for gifts at Bryson City Outdoors, walk around Oconaluftee Islands Park, and see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cherokee trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cherokee can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

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.