44 days in North Carolina Itinerary

44 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner
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Bryson City
— 3 nights
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Asheville
— 6 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 4 nights
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Charlotte
— 4 nights
Drive
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Greensboro
— 4 nights
Drive
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Raleigh
— 5 nights
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Wilmington
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hatteras Island
— 4 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 4 nights
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Corolla
— 4 nights
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Bryson City — 3 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dry Falls (in Highlands), Ruby City Gems & Minerals (in Franklin) and Carolina Outfitters (in Topton). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bryson City trip itinerary planning website.

Tampa to Bryson City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tampa in June: high temperatures in Bryson City hover around 81°F and lows are around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Asheville.
Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Museums
Side Trips

Asheville — 6 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Miller's Land of Waterfall Tours (in Rosman), Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and learn the secrets of beer at BREW-ed.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Asheville day trip planner.

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In June in Asheville, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.
Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trips

Blowing Rock — 4 nights

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blowing Rock: Linville Falls (in Linville Falls), E.H. Sloop Chapel (in Crossnore) and Linville (Rough Ridge Lookout & Wiseman's View Scenic Overlook). There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll around Grandfather Mountain State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and go deep underground at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Blowing Rock online travel route builder.

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in June, things will get little chillier in Blowing Rock: highs are around 77°F and lows about 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Charlotte.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trips

Charlotte — 4 nights

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Charlotte: Village Park (in Kannapolis) and The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Carowinds, see the interesting displays at Discovery Place Science, walk around Freedom Park, and get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Charlotte trip app.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Charlotte takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Blowing Rock in June: high temperatures in Charlotte hover around 88°F and lows are around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Greensboro.
Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Greensboro — 4 nights

Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Greensboro: The Andy Griffith Museum (in Mount Airy), Old Salem Museums & Gardens (in Winston Salem) and Conservators Center (in Burlington). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at International Civil Rights Center & Museum, walk around Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, meet the residents at North Carolina Zoo, and engage your brain at Greensboro Science Center.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Greensboro day trip tool.

You can drive from Charlotte to Greensboro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Raleigh.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Raleigh — 5 nights

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Raleigh: Durham (Duke University & Sarah P. Duke Gardens) and Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville). There's lots more to do: trek along Neuse River Trail, walk around Lake Johnson Park, admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and have fun and explore at Marbles Kids Museum.

Plan a Raleigh trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Greensboro to Raleigh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Raleigh can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Trails
Side Trips

Wilmington — 5 nights

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: Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (in Southport), North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (in Pine Knoll Shores) and Walton's Distillery (in Jacksonville). There's lots more to do: step aboard Battleship North Carolina, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Camp, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Front Street Brewery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Wilmington itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Wilmington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hatteras Island.
Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Hatteras Island — 4 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hatteras Island: Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe) and Wright Brothers National Memorial (in Kill Devil Hills).

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hatteras Island road trip app.

Getting from Wilmington to Hatteras Island by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Manteo.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping
Side Trips

Manteo, Roanoke Island — 4 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Manteo is known for zoos & aquariums, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see majestic marine mammals with Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours, explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and take an in-depth tour of Buffalo City Exhibit.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Manteo tour builder.

Traveling by car from Hatteras Island to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Corolla.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trip

Corolla — 4 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Corolla is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Off-Road Tours, browse the exhibits of Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, and relax and rejuvenate at Corolla Yoga.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Corolla online itinerary planner.

Getting from Manteo to Corolla by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daytime highs in Corolla are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Side Trip

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.