41 days in North Carolina Itinerary

41 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina tour itinerary planner

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Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
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Manteo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nags Head
— 2 nights
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Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive
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Maggie Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 2 nights
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Highlands
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Greensboro
— 2 nights
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
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Durham
— 2 nights
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Bahama
— 14 nights

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Corolla

— 2 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 11th (Tue), enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours, then contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, and finally hike along Currituck Banks Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Currituck Beach, stop by Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Corolla trip itinerary planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Corolla. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Kill Devil Hills

— 2 nights
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk, and then pause for some photo ops at Monument to a Century of Flight. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, then tee off at Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf, then contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, and finally stop by Mom's Sweet Shop.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Kill Devil Hills trip website.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Kill Devil Hills takes an hour. May in Kill Devil Hills sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Outdoors · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Manteo

— 2 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 15th (Sat), observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Elizabethan Gardens, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, and finally look for gifts at The Christmas Shop. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and then get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manteo tour planner.

Manteo is just a stone's throw from Kill Devil Hills. May in Manteo sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Nags Head

— 2 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, then stop by Salty Paws Biscuits, and finally stroll around Jockey's Ridge State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Ghost Crab Quest, kick back and relax at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, then make a trip to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, and finally find something for the whole family at Full Throttle Speedway.

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Nags Head is just a short distance from Manteo. In May, daily temperatures in Nags Head can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Charlotte.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hendrick Motorsports Complex, bet on your favorite at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and then cool off at Great Wolf Lodge Water Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): examine the collection at Levine Museum of the New South, see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, and then stroll around Freedom Park.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Charlotte day trip planner.

You can fly from Nags Head to Charlotte in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Maggie Valley.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Maggie Valley

— 2 nights
Maggie Valley is a town in Haywood County, North Carolina, United States. On the 21st (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Waterrock Knob, admire the sheer force of Soco Falls, then see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co.. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bootleggers Distillery, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally look for gifts at Mast General Store.

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You can fly from Charlotte to Maggie Valley in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Charlotte in May, with highs in Maggie Valley at 75°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Maggie Valley

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome, then take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road, and finally pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then stop by Unique Gift Outlet, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, and finally try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cherokee online road trip planner.

Cherokee is just a stone's throw from Maggie Valley. May in Cherokee sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Cherokee

Nature · Parks · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trip

Bryson City

— 2 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then trek along Abrams Falls Trail, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Mountain Layers Brewing Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, get engrossed in the history at Swain County Heritage Museum, and then take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Bryson City travel itinerary planner.

Bryson City is very close to Cherokee. In May in Bryson City, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Museums · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Highlands

— 2 nights
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Bust Your Butt Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Toccoa Falls, explore the striking landscape at Tallulah Gorge State Park, and then admire the sheer force of Glen Falls.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Highlands trip maker site.

Getting from Bryson City to Highlands by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Highlands can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy. On the next day, take a stroll through River Arts District, take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read Asheville sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Highlands to Asheville in 2 hours. In May in Asheville, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Asheville

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Greensboro

— 2 nights
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): admire the natural beauty at The Bog Garden at Benjamin Park, then engage your brain at Greensboro Science Center, then walk around Country Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Uwharrie Crystalline, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at North Carolina Zoo, and then examine the collection at International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

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Traveling by car from Asheville to Greensboro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 2 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Neuse River Trail, get in on the family fun at Frankie's Fun Park, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally appreciate the history behind Memorial Bell Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at North Carolina Museum of History, then shop like a local with Videri Chocolate Factory, then walk around Pullen Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Raleigh tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Greensboro to Raleigh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Raleigh sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Trails

Durham

— 2 nights

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, then deepen your understanding at Duke University, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of Durham History. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Duke Lemur Center, then deepen your understanding at University of North Carolina, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Chapel of the Cross, and finally don't miss a visit to American Tobacco Campus.

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Durham is very close to Raleigh. In June, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bahama.

Things to do in Durham

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Bahama

— 14 nights
Bahama is an unincorporated community in northern Durham County, North Carolina.HistoryBahama was originally settled around 1750 as the community of Balltown until the name was changed to reflect three leading families of the community: ll, rris, and ngum. Go for a jaunt from Bahama to Hurdle Mills to see Rock of Ages Winery about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Dukes of Hazzard museum and contemplate the long history of Stagville Plantation.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bahama trip itinerary builder app.

Bahama is just a stone's throw from Durham. Traveling from Durham in June, expect nights in Bahama to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are little chillier, around 83°F.

Things to do in Bahama

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

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.