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
2
Miami Beach
— 8 nights
3
Highlands
— 4 nights
4
Asheville
— 5 nights
5
Blowing Rock
— 5 nights
6
Greensboro
— 5 nights
7
Raleigh
— 5 nights
8
Nags Head
— 4 nights

8
nights
New York City

New York City ©
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 SoHo. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The adventure continues: stroll around Central Park, wander the streets of Times Square, 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 flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. 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 travel to Miami Beach.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

8
nights
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
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 Britto Centralfor plenty of shopping. Lock & Load Museum and Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Miami Beach's surroundings by going to Everglades National Park (Shark Valley Visitor Center, Anhinga Trail, &more), Fishing Charters & Tours (in Islamorada) and Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (in Tavernier). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Collins Avenue, shop like a local with Miracle Mile, grab your bike and head to Florida Keys Visitor Center, and look for gifts at Wings Beachwear.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Miami Beach trip planner.

You can fly from New York City to Miami Beach in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Miami Beach reach 81°F and lows reach 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Highlands.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Lock & Load Museum, Fishing Charters & Tours, Miracle Mile
Highlights from your plan
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Gumbo Limbo Trail ©
Gumbo Limbo Trail

4
nights
Highlands

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Do your shopping at A Jones Company and Elizabeth Ellison Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center and Dry Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Highlands side-trips: Bryson City (Pincu Pottery & River Rafting & Tubing), Oaks Gallery at the Riverwood Shops (in Dillsboro) and Devil's Courthouse (in Pisgah Forest). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, cruise along Cherohala Skyway, explore the activities along Santeetlah Lake, 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 7 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

Side Trips

Bryson City, Cherohala Skyway, A Jones Company, Oaks Gallery at the Riverwood Shops, Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

5
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Shop till you drop at Pisgah Forest Gem Mine and Philip DeAngelo Studio. Lexington Glassworks and Blue Spiral 1 are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain), Zipline (in Lake Lure) and Pisgah National Forest (in Pisgah Forest). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Biltmore, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, take in the exciting artwork at It's By Nature, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ariel Gallery.

For where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville online day trip planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Pisgah Forest, Blue Ridge Pkwy, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Zipline, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest

5
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Head to Caldwell Arts Council and Honey Holefor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Thermal Valley. Venture out of the city with trips to Catawba River Greenway (in Morganton), Linville (Table Rock Trail, Rough Ridge Lookout, &more) and Six Waterpots Vineyard and Winery (in Hudson). There's lots more to do: trot along with Vx3 Trail Rides, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Jefferson State Park, trek along Bass Lake, and learn about winemaking at Menarick Vineyard & Winery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Blowing Rock online trip planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in January, you will find days in Blowing Rock are little chillier (41°F), and nights are about the same (23°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Linville, Morganton, Lenoir, Mount Jefferson State Park, Honey Hole
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Vx3 Trail Rides ©
Vx3 Trail Rides
Table Rock Trail ©
Table Rock Trail

5
nights
Greensboro

Greensboro ©
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. Do your shopping at Ambleside Gallery and Seagrove Creations Pottery Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Piedmon Craftsmen and Stony Knoll Vineyards. Change things up with these side-trips from Greensboro: Richard Childress Racing (in Welcome), Conservators Center (in Burlington) and The Curious Peddler (in Mebane). 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

Side Trips

Hanging Rock State Park, Pilot Mountain State Park, Piedmon Craftsmen, Richard Childress Racing, Conservators Center
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Richard Childress Racing ©
Richard Childress Racing
Pilot Mountain State Park ©
Pilot Mountain State Park

5
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Head to North Hills and David McCune International Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery and FRANK Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Alpaca Dreams (in Louisburg), Sylvan Heights Bird Park (in Scotland Neck) and Country Doctor Museum (in Bailey). And it doesn't end there: stop by Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts, get outside with Weymouth Woods, see the interesting displays at The Carolina Basketball Museum, and trek along Neuse River Trail.

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

Side Trips

Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, Alpaca Dreams, Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts, Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Highlights from your plan
Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery ©
Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery
Sylvan Heights Bird Park ©
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Airborne and Special Operations Museum ©
Airborne and Special Operations Museum

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and Off-Road Tours. Let the collections at The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery and Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Nags Head side-trips: Frisco Beach (in Frisco), Blue Pelican Gallery (in Hatteras Island) and Arts of the Albemarle (in Elizabeth City). 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 identify plant and animal life 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 train, 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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatteras Island, Manteo, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Off-Road Tours, The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Off-Road Tours
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

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