37 days in North Carolina Itinerary

37 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner

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Charlotte
— 4 nights
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Asheville
— 5 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 4 nights
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Durham
— 5 nights
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Wilmington
— 4 nights
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New Bern
— 4 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 4 nights
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Nags Head
— 4 nights
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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.
Visit Old Salem Museums & Gardens and Wait Chapel for their historical value. Head to SouthPark and Catawba River Antique Mallfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Charlotte: Piedmon Craftsmen (in Winston Salem), Stewart Haas Racing (in Kannapolis) and Lexington (Davidson County Historical Museum & Junius Lindsay Vineyard). There's still lots to do: get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, pick up some local products at Davidson Farmer's Market, shop like a local with Richard Childress Racing, and take in the exciting artwork at Foundation For The Carolinas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Charlotte online route planner.

Florianopolis, Brazil to Charlotte is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Florianopolis to Charlotte is minus 2 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Florianopolis in December, with highs in Charlotte at 17°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Shopping · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Asheville

— 5 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Escape the urban bustle at The North Carolina Arboretum and Blue Ridge Pkwy. For shopping fun, head to Barber Orchard Fruitstand or St.Claire Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Cedar Hill Studio & Gallery (in Waynesville), Pisgah Forest Gem Mine (in Pisgah Forest) and DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Biltmore, shop like a local with Philip DeAngelo Studio, view the masterpieces at Blue Spiral 1, and wander the streets of River Arts District.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville road trip app.

Getting from Charlotte to Asheville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Charlotte in January, expect nights in Asheville to be about the same, around -3°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 4 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Catawba River Greenway. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Shiloh General Store and J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. Get out of town with these interesting Blowing Rock side-trips: McGalliard Falls Park (in Valdese), Bobby McLean Memorial Park (in Newland) and Rough Ridge Lookout (in Linville). There's much more to do: explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, get your bearings at Caldwell Arts Council, stroll around Grandfather Mountain State Park, and trot along with Vx3 Trail Rides.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock trip planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in January, you will find days in Blowing Rock are a bit cooler (5°C), and nights are about the same (-5°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Durham.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Durham

— 5 nights

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Take a break from the city and head to Conservators Center and Brumley Forest Nature Preserve. For shopping fun, head to Southern Supreme Fruitcake or North Hills. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durham: Gibsonville Antiques & Collectibles (in Gibsonville), Seagrove Creations Pottery Gallery (in Seagrove) and Ambleside Gallery (in Greensboro). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, pause for some serene contemplation at The Chapel of the Cross, look for gifts at Womancraft Gifts, and revel in the low prices at Tanger Outlets Mebane.

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Fly from Blowing Rock to Durham in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in January, expect Durham to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Durham

Shopping · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 4 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Visiting Oak Island Beach and Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Holden Beach and Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex. Change things up with these side-trips from Wilmington: Franklin Square Gallery (in Southport), Mystical Reflections (in Calabash) and The Hoarders (in Oak Island). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, pick up some local products at Motts Channel Seafood, browse the different shops at The Cotton Exchange, and explore the world behind art at Expo 216.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wilmington trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Durham to Wilmington by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Durham in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Wilmington: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to New Bern.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

New Bern

— 4 nights
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. Head to Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery and Nautical Wheelersfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Sylvan Heights Bird Park and Hammocks Beach State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from New Bern: Cape Lookout National Seashore (in Harkers Island) and Community Council for the Arts (in Kinston). The adventure continues: browse for treasures at New Berne Antiques and Collectibles, contemplate the long history of North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, view the masterpieces at Fine Art at Baxters, and get advice or help at New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.

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

Drive from Wilmington to New Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in New Bern

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 4 nights
Shop till you drop at Blue Pelican Gallery and Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC. Step out of the city life by going to Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hatteras Island: Ocracoke (Over the Moon & Ocracoke Lifeguard Beach).

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hatteras Island travel planning tool.

Getting from New Bern to Hatteras Island by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hatteras Island when traveling from New Bern in January, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Shop till you drop at Grave Digger and OBX Art Studio. Popular historic sites such as Bodie Island Lighthouse and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nags Head: Carova Beach (in Carova) and Corolla (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Currituck Beach, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, get your game on at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, get in on the family fun at Full Throttle Speedway, and explore the galleries of Wright Brothers National Memorial.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nags Head journey planner.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Nags Head in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.