43 days in North Carolina Itinerary

43 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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43 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Ulaangom
Fly + Drive:  34​h
1
Raleigh
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nags Head
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Wilmington
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Cherokee
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Asheville
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Blowing Rock
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Charlotte
— 5 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Ulaangom

5
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Raleigh: Durham (Duke University Chapel, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, & more), McIntyre's Fine Books and Bookends (in Pittsboro) and Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville). There's lots more to do: trek along Neuse River Trail, explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park, and pause for some photo ops at Memorial Bell Tower.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Raleigh road trip planning tool .

Ulaangom, Mongolia to Raleigh is an approximately 34-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Ulaangom to Raleigh, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. In September in Raleigh, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Durham, Greensboro, McIntyre's Fine Books and Bookends, Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Conservators Center
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Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Neuse River Trail ©
Neuse River Trail

5
nights
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.
Explore Nags Head's surroundings by going to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe), Corolla (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum) and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, and take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nags Head attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Nags Head takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Raleigh in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nags Head, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Manteo, Kill Devil Hills, Corolla, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, The Monument to a Century of Flight
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

6
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Get out of town with these interesting Wilmington side-trips: Southport (Trinity United Methodist Church, Franklin Square Gallery, & more), North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC (in Swansboro). There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Battle House, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broomtail Craft Brewery, and make a trip to Riverwalk.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Wilmington planner .

Drive from Nags Head to Wilmington in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. September in Wilmington sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Southport, Surf City, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
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Battle House ©
Battle House
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Room Escape Games

6
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: Anna Ruby Falls (in Helen), Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Clingmans Dome & Mount LeConte) and Highlands (Bust Your Butt Falls & Dry Falls). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road, take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cherokee tour itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Wilmington to Cherokee in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Wilmington in September, things will get little chillier in Cherokee: highs are around 30°C and lows about 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bryson City, Highlands, Anna Ruby Falls, Mercier Orchards
Highlights from your plan
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Newfound Gap Road ©
Newfound Gap Road

6
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Hendersonville (Bearwallow Mountain & Vessel). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your taste buds at Biltmore, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum.

Make your Asheville itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Hendersonville, Zipline, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, DuPont State Recreational Forest, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
River Rafting & Tubing
Food Tours

6
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. When in Blowing Rock, make a side trip to see Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail in Damascus, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll around Memorial Park, stop by Incredible Toy Company, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Blowing Rock travel planner.

Drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Asheville in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Blowing Rock: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Boone, Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, Grandfather Mountain, Caldwell Arts Council
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Charlotte: Pilot Mountain State Park (in Pinnacle), Winston Salem (Old Salem Museums & Gardens & Home Moravian Church) and Columbia (Sea Lion Landing & Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden). There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, look for gifts at PuckerButt Pepper Company, identify plant and animal life at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, and walk around Freedom Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Charlotte trip maker site .

Getting from Blowing Rock to Charlotte by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Charlotte: highs are around 28°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Winston Salem, Columbia, PuckerButt Pepper Company, Pilot Mountain State Park, Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve
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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