43 days in North Carolina Itinerary

43 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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43 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Syracuse
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
1
Nags Head
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Jacksonville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Wilmington
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Durham
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Greensboro
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Blowing Rock
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Asheville
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Cherokee
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
Charlotte
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
End: Syracuse

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nags Head: Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe), Corolla (Off-Road Tours & Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum) and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton). There's still lots to do: walk around Dowdy Park, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, and tee off at Sound Golf Links at Albemarle Plantation.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nags Head trip planner .

Syracuse to Nags Head is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. While traveling from Syracuse, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Nags Head, ranging from highs of 53°F to lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, Corolla, Manteo, Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Sound Golf Links at Albemarle Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Off-Road Tours
Dowdy Park ©
Dowdy Park

4
nights
Jacksonville

Jacksonville ©
Jacksonville is a city in Onslow County, North Carolina, United States. Explore Jacksonville's surroundings by going to Kinston Lenoir County Visitors Center (in Kinston), Fort Macon State Park (in Atlantic Beach) and New Bern (Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, & more). There's much more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Walton's Distillery, have some family-friendly fun at The Smash Shack, step on board at Island Express Ferry Service, and stroll around Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jacksonville trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Nags Head to Jacksonville in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Nags Head, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Jacksonville, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

New Bern, Beaufort, Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Kinston Lenoir County Visitors Center
Highlights from your plan
Walton's Distillery ©
Walton's Distillery
Lejeune Memorial Gardens ©
Lejeune Memorial Gardens
The Smash Shack ©
The Smash Shack

5
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wilmington: Carter Blueberry Farm (in Fayetteville), North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (in Southport). Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Battle House, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broomtail Craft Brewery, look for gifts at Cape Fear Spice Merchants, and get to know the fascinating history of Wilmington National Cemetery.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Wilmington road trip website .

You can drive from Jacksonville to Wilmington in 1.5 hours. In February in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Carter Blueberry Farm, Federal Point History Center, Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry
Highlights from your plan
Battle House Laser Tag ©
Battle House Laser Tag
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Noni Bacca Winery ©
Noni Bacca Winery

5
nights
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Get out of town with these interesting Durham side-trips: Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville), Raleigh (North Carolina Museum of History, Pullen Park, & more) and Conservators Center (in Burlington). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, identify plant and animal life at Sylvan Heights Bird Park, and deepen your understanding at Duke University.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Durham trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Durham takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in February, expect nights in Durham to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are slightly colder, around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Durham

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Raleigh, Tar River Trail, Old Town Cemetery, Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Airborne and Special Operations Museum
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel

5
nights
Greensboro

Greensboro ©
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Greensboro: Winston Salem (Old Salem Museums & Gardens & Reynolda House Museum of American Art), Asheboro (North Carolina Zoo & Richland Creek Canopy Tours) and Uwharrie Crystalline (in Seagrove). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of J. Douglas Galyon Depot, get curious at Greensboro Science Center, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pilot Mountain State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Haw River Trail & Paddle Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Greensboro tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Durham to Greensboro takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Greensboro can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Asheboro, Winston Salem, Lexington, Uwharrie Crystalline, Hanging Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
North Carolina Zoo ©
North Carolina Zoo
J. Douglas Galyon Depot ©
J. Douglas Galyon Depot
Greensboro Science Center ©
Greensboro Science Center

5
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock ©
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Explore Blowing Rock's surroundings by going to Lenoir Greenway (in Lenoir), Morganton (Thermal Valley & Catawba River Greenway) and Hickory (Henry River Mill Village & Maple Grove). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Vx3 Trail Rides, ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, explore the world behind art at Crossnore Weavers and Gallery, and get great views at Wiseman's View Scenic Overlook.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock travel planner .

Traveling by car from Greensboro to Blowing Rock takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Greensboro in March, expect Blowing Rock to be slightly colder, temps between 50°F and 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Linville, Lenoir, Morganton, Crossnore, Hickory
Highlights from your plan
Vx3 Trail Rides ©
Vx3 Trail Rides
Zipline
Doc's Rocks Gem Mine ©
Doc's Rocks Gem Mine

5
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure), DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Biltmore, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine.

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Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Blowing Rock, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Zipline, Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Pisgah Forest Gem Mine
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

4
nights
Cherokee

Cherokee ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cherokee: Highlands (Bridal Veil Falls & Dry Falls), Maggie Valley (Waterrock Knob & Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum) and Max Patch (in Hot Springs). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, stop by Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop, take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, and see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cherokee holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Cherokee are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlands, Maggie Valley, Cherohala Skyway, Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

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.
Explore Charlotte's surroundings by going to Crooked Creek Park (in Indian Trail) and The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, identify plant and animal life at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, find something for the whole family at Carowinds, and get to know the fascinating history of Carl J. McEwen Historic Village.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Charlotte driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Charlotte takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

The Lazy 5 Ranch, Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, The Rumor Mill Market, Crooked Creek Park
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

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