39 days in North Carolina Itinerary

39 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
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Asheville
— 6 nights
Drive
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Valle Crucis
— 7 nights
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Greensboro
— 4 nights
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Raleigh
— 5 nights
Drive
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Corolla
— 2 nights
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Fayetteville
— 3 nights
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Wilmington
— 4 nights
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Charlotte
— 4 nights

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Cherokee

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Barber Orchard Fruitstand (in Waynesville), Dry Falls (in Highlands) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). And it doesn't end there: try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls.

To find reviews and tourist information, refer to the Cherokee trip maker app.

Charlotte to Cherokee is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Charlotte in November since evenings lows in Cherokee dip to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Asheville

— 6 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard). Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. Next up on the itinerary: learn the secrets of beer at BREW-ed, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, identify plant and animal life at Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Asheville online trip planner.

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Valle Crucis.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Valle Crucis

— 7 nights
Valle Crucis in an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. Dutch Creek Trails has been added to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Valle Crucis: Butler (Butler Museum & Watauga Lake Winery), Lansing Creeper Trail Park (in Lansing) and Grayson Highlands State Park (in Mouth of Wilson). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Rivercross Made in USA, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, stroll around Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, and stroll through Appalachian Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Valle Crucis road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Valle Crucis takes 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Asheville in November: highs in Valle Crucis hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Greensboro.

Things to do in Valle Crucis

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Greensboro

— 4 nights
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Greensboro: Winston Salem (Reynolda House Museum of American Art & Old Salem Museums & Gardens), Conservators Center (in Burlington) and North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at International Civil Rights Center & Museum, walk around Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, get curious at Greensboro Science Center, and take in nature's colorful creations at Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Greensboro sightseeing site.

Getting from Valle Crucis to Greensboro by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Valle Crucis in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Greensboro, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 5 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Explore Raleigh's surroundings by going to Durham (Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, &more), Southern Supreme Fruitcake (in Bear Creek) and The Carolina Basketball Museum (in Chapel Hill). The adventure continues: stroll through Neuse River Trail, explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, walk around Pullen Park, and engage your brain at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Raleigh journey planner.

You can drive from Greensboro to Raleigh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Raleigh sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Corolla

— 2 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 16th (Thu), stroll through Currituck Beach, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Currituck Banks Reserve, then take a memorable drive along Beach Jeeps of Corolla, and then take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Corolla trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Raleigh to Corolla in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in December, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Fayetteville

— 3 nights
Fayetteville is a city in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fayetteville: Broadslab Distillery (in Benson), Pine Needles Golf Club (in Southern Pines) and Tobacco Road Golf Club (in Sanford). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Airborne and Special Operations Museum, stroll around Veterans Park, contemplate the long history of 1897 Poe House, and sample the tasty concoctions at Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fayetteville travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Fayetteville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and train. In December in Fayetteville, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Golf · Museums

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 4 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sacred Willow Spa (in Calabash), Jacksonville (Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial & Walton's Distillery) and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach). There's lots more to do: take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Front Street Brewery, steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, and browse the exhibits of Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip planner.

You can drive from Fayetteville to Wilmington in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Charlotte: Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area (in Hiddenite), The Schiele Museum of Natural History (in Gastonia) and Stone Mountain State Park (in Roaring Gap). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, find something for the whole family at Carowinds, and have fun and explore at Discovery Place Science.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Charlotte trip website.

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wilmington in December: highs in Charlotte hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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History Museums · 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.