45 days in New York City, Miami Beach & North Carolina Itinerary

45 days in New York City, Miami Beach & North Carolina Itinerary

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New York City
— 8 nights
Fly
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Miami Beach
— 8 nights
Fly to Greenville/Spartanburg, Drive to Highlands
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Highlands
— 4 nights
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Asheville
— 5 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 5 nights
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Greensboro
— 5 nights
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Raleigh
— 5 nights
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Nags Head
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New York City

— 8 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
For shopping fun, head to Fifth Avenue or The National Arts Club. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Times Square, go for a walk through Central Park, stop by FAO Schwarz, and learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner.

Ocean City to New York City is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in December, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Miami Beach.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Miami Beach

— 8 nights

The World's Playground

Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Head to Lincoln Road and Collins Avenuefor plenty of shopping. Romero Britto Fine Art Gallery and Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Miami Beach's surroundings by going to Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (in Tavernier), Everglades National Park (Shark Valley Visitor Center, Anhinga Trail, &more) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Islamorada). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, and look for gifts at Wings Beachwear.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Miami Beach online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from New York City to Miami Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Miami Beach is warmer than New York City - with highs of 81°F and lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Highlands.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlands

— 4 nights
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Do your shopping at A Jones Company and Pincu Pottery. Get in touch with nature at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center and Devil's Courthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Highlands side-trips: Bryson City (River Rafting & Tubing & Elizabeth Ellison Gallery), Oaks Gallery at the Riverwood Shops (in Dillsboro) and Santeetlah Lake (in Robbinsville). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, cruise along Cherohala Skyway, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Highlands trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Miami Beach to Highlands by combination of flight and car takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Miami Beach in January, things will get much colder in Highlands: highs are around 48°F and lows about 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Asheville

— 5 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Shop till you drop at St.Claire Art and Ariel Gallery. Biltmore and Blue Spiral 1 are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Zipline (in Lake Lure), Pisgah Forest (Pisgah National Forest & Pisgah Forest Gem Mine) and DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Philip DeAngelo Studio, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, get a taste of the local shopping with Lexington Glassworks, and take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Highlands to Asheville in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 5 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Head to Caldwell Arts Council and Honey Holefor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Vx3 Trail Rides. Venture out of the city with trips to Linville (Table Rock Trail, Rough Ridge Lookout, &more), Morganton (Thermal Valley & Catawba River Greenway) and Six Waterpots Vineyard and Winery (in Hudson). The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Lenoir Greenway, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Jefferson State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bass Lake, and do a tasting at Menarick Vineyard & Winery.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Blowing Rock online attractions planner.

Getting from Asheville to Blowing Rock by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Asheville in January: highs in Blowing Rock hover around 41°F, while lows dip to 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Greensboro

— 5 nights
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Do your shopping at Ambleside Gallery and Piedmon Craftsmen. Get some cultural insight at Seagrove Creations Pottery Gallery and Stony Knoll Vineyards. Change things up with these side-trips from Greensboro: Richard Childress Racing (in Welcome), The Curious Peddler (in Mebane) and Conservators Center (in Burlington). There's lots more to do: tee off at Tanglewood Park, hunt for treasures at Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, hike along Richland Creek Canopy Tours, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pilot Mountain State Park.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Greensboro trip tool.

Getting from Blowing Rock to Greensboro by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Blowing Rock in January, with highs in Greensboro at 48°F and lows at 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 5 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Head to North Hills and Raleigh Furniture Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts and FRANK Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Sylvan Heights Bird Park (in Scotland Neck), Alpaca Dreams (in Louisburg) and Country Doctor Museum (in Bailey). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery, get outside with Weymouth Woods, view the masterpieces at David McCune International Art Gallery, and stroll through Fletcher Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Raleigh trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Greensboro to Raleigh by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Raleigh can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Nags Head

— 4 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Escape the urban bustle at Off-Road Tours and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Let the collections at The Bird Store and Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Nags Head side-trips: Arts of the Albemarle (in Elizabeth City), Frisco Beach (in Frisco) and Blue Pelican Gallery (in Hatteras Island). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Dare County Arts Council, sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, and tour the pleasant surroundings at North Pond Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nags Head trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Raleigh to Nags Head in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. January in Nags Head sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.