44 days in North Carolina Itinerary

44 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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

Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Greensboro: Zipline (in Archdale), Mount Airy (Floyd's City Barbershop & The Andy Griffith Museum) and North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at International Civil Rights Center & Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Conservators Center, explore the world behind art at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, and get curious at Greensboro Science Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Greensboro holiday app.

Durham to Greensboro is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Charlotte.
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Charlotte — 5 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.
Step out of Charlotte to go to Concord and see Richard Petty Driving Experience, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, get curious at Discovery Place Science, bet on your favorite at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and stroll around Freedom Park.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Charlotte sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Greensboro to Charlotte in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Bryson City.
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Bryson City — 5 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 Mingo Falls (in Cherokee), Highlands (Bridal Veil Falls & Dry Falls) and Ruby City Gems & Minerals (in Franklin). And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, sample the tasty concoctions at Mountain Layers Brewing Company, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, and try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bryson City online day trip planner.

Fly from Charlotte to Bryson City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in May; daily highs in Bryson City reach 75°F and lows reach 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Asheville.
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Asheville — 6 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm (in Hendersonville). Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, squeeze the most out of the city with BREW-ed, and take in the exciting artwork at New Morning Gallery.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Asheville road trip planning site.

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Blowing Rock.
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Blowing Rock — 4 nights

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Change things up with these side-trips from Blowing Rock: Linville Falls (in Linville Falls), Wiseman's View Scenic Overlook (in Linville) and South Mountains State Park (in Connelly Springs). Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll through Grandfather Mountain, hike along Bass Lake, and take in the awesome beauty at Rough Ridge Lookout.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock online travel route planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, Blowing Rock is a bit cooler than Asheville - with highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to fly to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 5 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach), Walton's Distillery (in Jacksonville) and Southport (Southport Pier and RIverwalk & Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry). There's lots more to do: step aboard Battleship North Carolina, enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilmington travel planner.

Fly from Blowing Rock to Wilmington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Blowing Rock in June, with highs in Wilmington at 88°F and lows at 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hatteras Island.
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Hatteras Island — 4 nights

Venture out of the city with trips to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe), Wright Brothers National Memorial (in Kill Devil Hills) and Monument to a Century of Flight (in Kitty Hawk).

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hatteras Island online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Wilmington to Hatteras Island in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Wilmington in June, you will find days in Hatteras Island are little chillier (83°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manteo.
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Manteo, Roanoke Island — 3 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: sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and identify plant and animal life at Paradise Dolphin Cruises.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Manteo trip planner.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Manteo in 1.5 hours. June in Manteo sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Corolla.
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Corolla — 3 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, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, browse the exhibits of Whalehead Club, and kick back and relax at Currituck Beach.

Plan my day in Corolla using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Manteo to Corolla in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Corolla are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Raleigh.
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Raleigh — 5 nights

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 Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville) and Durham (Duke University Chapel, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, &more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Neuse River Trail, examine the collection at North Carolina Museum of History, admire the natural beauty at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, and stroll around Pullen Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Raleigh trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Corolla to Raleigh by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and train. In June in Raleigh, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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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.
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