37 days in North Carolina Itinerary

37 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Florianopolis
Fly:  21 h 45 min
1
Charlotte
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Asheville
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Blowing Rock
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Durham
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Wilmington
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
New Bern
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Hatteras Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Nags Head
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Florianopolis

4
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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 Foundation For The Carolinas and Catawba River Antique Mallfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Charlotte: Lexington (Davidson County Historical Museum & Junius Lindsay Vineyard), Stewart Haas Racing (in Kannapolis) and Piedmon Craftsmen (in Winston Salem). 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 wander the streets of SouthPark.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Charlotte online route planner.

Florianopolis, Brazil to Charlotte is an approximately 22- 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

Side Trips

Winston Salem, Lexington, Huntersville, Concord Mills, Stewart Haas Racing
Highlights from your plan
Concord Mills ©
Concord Mills
The Lazy 5 Ranch ©
The Lazy 5 Ranch
Old Salem Museums & Gardens ©
Old Salem Museums & Gardens

5
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
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 DuPont State Recreational Forest. For shopping fun, head to Barber Orchard Fruitstand or Philip DeAngelo Studio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Pisgah Forest Gem Mine (in Pisgah Forest), Cedar Hill Studio & Gallery (in Waynesville) and It's By Nature (in Sylva). There's lots more to do: indulge your taste buds at Biltmore, get a taste of the local shopping with St.Claire Art, take in the exciting artwork at Red House Studios and Art Gallery, and take a stroll through Biltmore Village.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Asheville sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Charlotte to Asheville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Charlotte in January, you will find days in Asheville are little chillier (9°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping Museums Nature

Side Trips

Waynesville, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Red House Studios and Art Gallery, Pisgah Forest Gem Mine, DuPont State Recreational Forest
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
DuPont State Recreational Forest ©
DuPont State Recreational Forest
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

4
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Do your shopping at Caldwell Arts Council and Shiloh General Store. Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and McGalliard Falls Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blowing Rock: Rough Ridge Lookout (in Linville), Bobby McLean Memorial Park (in Newland) and J.E. Broyhill Civic Center (in Lenoir). Next up on the itinerary: explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain State Park, grab your bike and head to Catawba River Greenway, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Blowing Rock day trip tool.

Drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Asheville in January, plan for little chillier days in Blowing Rock, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Linville, Lenoir, Catawba River Greenway, Grandfather Mountain State Park, Bobby McLean Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Vx3 Trail Rides ©
Vx3 Trail Rides
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain

5
nights
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Step out of the city life by going to Conservators Center and Brumley Forest Nature Preserve. Visit Duke University Chapel and The Chapel of the Cross for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durham: Southern Supreme Fruitcake (in Bear Creek), North Hills (in Raleigh) and Seagrove Creations Pottery Gallery (in Seagrove). Next up on the itinerary: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Gibsonville Antiques & Collectibles, browse the eclectic array of goods at Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, view the masterpieces at FRANK Gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Joyful Jewel.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Durham trip planning site.

Getting from Blowing Rock to Durham by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, Durham is somewhat warmer than Blowing Rock - with highs of 11°C and lows of 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 Parks

Side Trips

Chapel Hill, Southern Supreme Fruitcake, Gibsonville Antiques & Collectibles, Eno Gallery, Conservators Center
Highlights from your plan
Southern Supreme Fruitcake ©
Southern Supreme Fruitcake
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel

4
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Visiting Oak Island Beach and Holden Beach will get you outdoors. Head to Expo 216 and The Cotton Exchangefor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: The Hoarders (in Oak Island), Mystical Reflections (in Calabash) and Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (in Surf City). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, pick up some local products at Motts Channel Seafood, and take in the exciting artwork at Franklin Square Gallery.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Wilmington day trip planning website.

You can drive from Durham to Wilmington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Durham in January: highs in Wilmington hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to New Bern.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oak Island, Wrightsville Beach, Franklin Square Gallery, Mystical Reflections, Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
Highlights from your plan
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens

4
nights
New Bern

New Bern ©
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. Head to New Berne Antiques and Collectibles and Community Council for the Artsfor 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: Nautical Wheelers (in Oriental) and Cape Lookout National Seashore (in Harkers Island). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Fine Art at Baxters, contemplate the long history of North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, get advice or help at New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, and view the masterpieces at Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the New Bern attractions planner.

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in New Bern

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hammocks Beach State Park, Nautical Wheelers, Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Community Council for the Arts
Highlights from your plan
Nautical Wheelers ©
Nautical Wheelers
Sylvan Heights Bird Park ©
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore

4
nights
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
Shop till you drop at Island Spice & Wine 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 Beach Fires).

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hatteras Island itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from New Bern to Hatteras Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from New Bern in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 4°C in Hatteras Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Ocracoke
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras National Seashore ©
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

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nights
Nags Head

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.
Shop till you drop at Grave Digger and OBX Art Studio. Popular historic sites such as Bodie Island Lighthouse and Wright Brothers National Memorial 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 walk around Jockey's Ridge State Park.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Corolla, Kill Devil Hills, Grave Digger, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Off-Road Tours
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial

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