36 days in North Carolina Itinerary

36 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Raleigh
— 4 nights
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Wilmington
— 5 nights
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New Bern
— 4 nights
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Ocracoke
— 4 nights
Ferry to Swan Quarter, NC, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 3 nights
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Hamptonville
— 4 nights
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Asheville
— 5 nights
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
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Raleigh

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Get in touch with nature at Sylvan Heights Bird Park and Fletcher Park. Let the collections at Uwharrie Crystalline and Artspace capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Raleigh side-trips: Seagrove Creations Pottery Gallery (in Seagrove), Conservators Center (in Burlington) and The Joyful Jewel (in Pittsboro). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with North Hills, admire the masterpieces at David McCune International Art Gallery, get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and view the masterpieces at FRANK Gallery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Raleigh online driving holiday planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Raleigh is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City to Raleigh, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, Raleigh is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks

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Wildlife Area
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
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Wilmington

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Get a sense of the local culture at Expo 216 and Noni Bacca Winery. Head to Haag and Sons Seafood and Sunset River Marketplacefor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Holden Beach (in Holden Beach), Federal Point History Center (in Carolina Beach) and Franklin Square Gallery (in Southport). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Oak Island Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Bald Head Island Beach, visit Downtown Wilmington, and contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Wilmington online road trip planner.

You can drive from Raleigh to Wilmington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to New Bern.

Things to do in Wilmington

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

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Noni Bacca Winery
4.7
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Duplin Winery
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New Bern

New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace and Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola. Appreciate the collections at Fine Art at Baxters and North Carolina Maritime Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Island Express Ferry Service (in Beaufort), Community Council for the Arts (in Kinston) and Fort Macon State Park (in Atlantic Beach). There's lots more to do: stroll through Hammocks Beach State Park, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at New Berne Antiques and Collectibles, make a trip to Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and get engrossed in the history at New Bern Academy Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our New Bern trip builder.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to New Bern takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in New Bern can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ocracoke.

Things to do in New Bern

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

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4
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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. Get outdoors at Frisco Beach and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. You'll explore and learn at Blue Pelican Gallery and Over the Moon. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton) and Nags Head (Bodie Island Lighthouse & Jockey's Ridge State Park). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach Fires, visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, and contemplate the long history of Fort Ocracoke Monument.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ocracoke trip tool.

Traveling by car from New Bern to Ocracoke takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from New Bern in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Ocracoke, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Popular historic sites such as Whalehead Club and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum are in your itinerary. Head to Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts and Timbuck IIfor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Carova Beach in Carova (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Historic Corolla Chapel, add some fun to your beach time Water Sports, and trek along Currituck Banks Reserve.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Corolla day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Corolla takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and car. In June in Corolla, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Hamptonville.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Hamptonville

Hamptonville is an unincorporated community located in southwestern Yadkin County, North Carolina, United States. Get outdoors at Grandfather Mountain and The Lazy 5 Ranch. Head to Richard Childress Racing and Caldwell Arts Councilfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Stony Knoll Vineyards (in Dobson), Copper Barrel Distillery (in North Wilkesboro) and Piedmon Craftsmen (in Winston Salem). The adventure continues: do a tasting at JOLO Winery & Vineyards, see the interesting displays at The Andy Griffith Museum, visit Downtown Mt. Airy, and take in the awesome beauty at Pilot Mountain State Park.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamptonville trip planner.

Drive from Corolla to Hamptonville in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Corolla in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hamptonville, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Hamptonville

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Wineries

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Winery / Vineyard
Stony Knoll Vineyards
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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at New Morning Gallery and Ariel Gallery. Let the collections at Blue Spiral 1 and Philip DeAngelo Studio capture your imagination. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Zipline (in Lake Lure), Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards (in Hendersonville) and DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, get a taste of the local shopping with Woolworth Walk, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville day trip app.

Traveling by car from Hamptonville to Asheville takes 2 hours. June in Asheville sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cherokee.

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Blue Ridge Pkwy
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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.
Head to It's By Nature and Elizabeth Ellison Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Dry Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Cherokee side-trips: Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley) and The Bascom (in Highlands). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, shop like a local with Oaks Gallery at the Riverwood Shops, and try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cherokee vacation maker tool.

Getting from Asheville to Cherokee by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cherokee are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Adventure

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Waterfall
Dry Falls
4.9

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