38 days in North Carolina Itinerary

38 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Asheville Regional Airport, Drive to Highlands
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Highlands
— 3 nights
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Asheville
— 6 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 3 nights
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Raleigh
— 7 nights
Drive
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Corolla
— 3 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Surf City, Topsail Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 7 nights
Drive to Raleigh Durham International Airport, Fly to Show Low Regional Airport

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Highlands

— 3 nights
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Discover out-of-the-way places like Whitewater Falls and Gorges State Park. Get in touch with nature at Whiteside Mountain and Silver Run Falls. When in Highlands, make a side trip to see Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum in Franklin, approximately Franklin away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Glen Falls, identify plant and animal life at Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, and take in the awesome beauty at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Highlands trip itinerary planner.

Show Low to Highlands is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Show Low to Highlands. June in Highlands sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Asheville

— 6 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and Grovewood Village. Attractions like Soco Falls and Crystal Mountain Gem Mine make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Cradle of Forestry (in Pisgah Forest), Cherokee (Mountain Farm Museum & Horseback Riding Tours) and Mast General Store (in Waynesville). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, appreciate the history behind Thomas Wolfe Memorial, sample the fine beverages at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

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Getting from Highlands to Asheville by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 3 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Grandfather Mountain State Park and Foggy Mountain Gem Mine. Step off the beaten path and head to Linville Gorge and Julian Price Memorial Park. When in Blowing Rock, make a side trip to see Linville Falls in Linville Falls, approximately Linville Falls away. Next up on the itinerary: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine, look for gifts at Mast General Store, and steep yourself in history at Flat Top Manor.

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

Traveling by car from Asheville to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in June, expect Blowing Rock to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 7 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and Conservators Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Yates Mill County Park and Bennett Place Historic Site. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Raleigh: Wilson Rose Garden (in Wilson), Sylvan Heights Bird Park (in Scotland Neck) and Durham (Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial & Duke Lemur Center). The adventure continues: trek along Neuse River Trail, grab your bike and head to House Creek Greenway Trail, steep yourself in history at Korner's Folly, and pause for some photo ops at Memorial Bell Tower.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Raleigh tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Raleigh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Blowing Rock in June, with highs in Raleigh at 88°F and lows at 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Corolla

— 3 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Get in touch with nature at Carova Beach and Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Whalehead Club and Parasailing & Paragliding. There's still lots to do: stroll through Currituck Beach, look for gifts at What the Shell, see the interesting displays at Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store, and hike along Currituck Banks Reserve.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Corolla day trip planning app.

Getting from Raleigh to Corolla by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Manteo.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 3 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Get some historical perspective at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and Island Farm. Visiting Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and Kitty Hawk Kites - Nags Head will get you outdoors. Take a break from Manteo with a short trip to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rodanthe, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours, take a leisurely stroll along Nags Head Fishing Pier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Roanoke Island Festival Park, and take an in-depth tour of Buffalo City Exhibit.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Manteo visit planner.

You can drive from Corolla to Manteo in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Manteo can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Manteo

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 3 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Miss Hatteras. Visit Frisco Beach and Haulover for some beach relaxation.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Hatteras Island trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Manteo to Hatteras Island in 1.5 hours. June in Hatteras Island sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Surf City.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Surf City, Topsail Island

— 2 nights
Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): stop by Topsail Island Trading Company, then take a leisurely stroll along Surf City Pier, and then learn about all things military at Missiles and More Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Gathering Church.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Surf City trip planner.

Getting from Hatteras Island to Surf City by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Surf City

Wildlife · Parks · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wilmington

— 7 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Explore hidden gems such as Oak Island Beach and Carolina Beach State Park. Get outdoors at Holden Beach and Sea Turtle Camp. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Southport (Trinity United Methodist Church & Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry), New Bern Fireman's Museum (in New Bern) and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (in Kure Beach). There's much more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take an in-depth tour of Cape Fear Museum, explore the galleries of Fort Fisher State Historic Site, and admire the striking features of Bellamy Mansion.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Surf City to Wilmington takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

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.