47 days in North Carolina Itinerary

47 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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47 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Chapel Hill
Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Bryson City
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Highlands
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Asheville
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Greensboro
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Raleigh
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Wilmington
— 5 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 15​min
7
Beaufort
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Ocracoke
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Nags Head
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Chapel Hill

6
nights
Bryson City

Bryson City ©
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Carolina Outfitters and Rainbow Falls Trail. Appreciate the collections at Mountain Farm Museum and Fly fishing Museum of The Southern Appalachians. Venture out of the city with trips to Townsend (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, Cades Cove Cellars, & more), Max Patch (in Hot Springs) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Rockefeller Memorial, Clingmans Dome, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Ocoee Outdoors, Inc., relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fields of the Wood, and do a tasting at Cherokee Cellars Winery.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bryson City trip itinerary planner .

Chapel Hill to Bryson City is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Chapel Hill in July, expect Bryson City to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Highlands.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Murphy, Cherokee, Townsend, Ocoee Outdoors, Inc.
Highlights from your plan
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail
Alum Cave Trail ©
Alum Cave Trail

5
nights
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Whiteside Mountain and Brasstown Bald Mountain. Take a break from the city and head to Tallulah Gorge State Park and Cades Cove. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Highlands: Miles Through Time Automotive Museum (in Toccoa), Consolidated Gold Mine (in Dahlonega) and Amicalola Falls State Park (in Dawsonville). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Anna Ruby Falls, get a taste of the local shopping with The Bascom, and examine the collection at Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Highlands online itinerary planner .

Drive from Bryson City to Highlands in 1.5 hours. In July in Highlands, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Anna Ruby Falls, Whiteside Mountain, Tallulah Gorge State Park, Cades Cove, Brasstown Bald
Highlights from your plan
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Anna Ruby Falls ©
Anna Ruby Falls
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls

6
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Lexington Glassworks and Colin's Creatures. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Gatlinburg (Zipline & Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine), DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail & Roaring Fork). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, hike along Bearwallow Mountain, Head underground at Tuckaleechee Caverns, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Asheville trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Highlands to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In July in Asheville, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, DuPont State Recreational Forest
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

4
nights
Greensboro

Greensboro ©
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. Visiting Hanging Rock State Park and Conservators Center will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at International Civil Rights Center & Museum and Old Salem Museums & Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Greensboro: North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro), Petty Museum (in Randleman) and Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (in Wentworth). There's lots more to do: get curious at Greensboro Science Center, get engrossed in the history at Greensboro History Museum, stroll the grounds of God's Acre, and examine the collection at Richard Childress Racing.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Greensboro online visit planner .

Drive from Asheville to Greensboro in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Greensboro

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Winston Salem, Richard Childress Racing, North Carolina Zoo, Petty Museum, Hanging Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Greensboro Science Center ©
Greensboro Science Center
Old Salem Museums & Gardens ©
Old Salem Museums & Gardens

5
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Appreciate the collections at Marbles Kids Museum and North Carolina Museum of Art. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at North Carolina Museum of History and Airborne and Special Operations Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Sylvan Heights Bird Park (in Scotland Neck), Durham (Duke University Chapel & Sarah P. Duke Gardens) and Cryptozoology & Paranormal Museum (in Littleton). The adventure continues: engage your brain at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, see the interesting displays at The Carolina Basketball Museum, walk around Pullen Park, and shop like a local with Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Raleigh trip maker .

You can drive from Greensboro to Raleigh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Raleigh can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Durham, Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Cryptozoology & Paranormal Museum, Ava Gardner Museum, Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Highlights from your plan

5
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Holden Beach and Oak Island Beach. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Topsail Island will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach), Trinity United Methodist Church (in Southport) and Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum (in Bald Head Island). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, wander the streets of Historic District, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by car from Raleigh to Wilmington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Wilmington sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Trinity United Methodist Church, Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum
Highlights from your plan
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Fort Fisher State Historic Site ©
Fort Fisher State Historic Site

3
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Visiting Cape Lookout National Seashore and Fort Macon State Park will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Artestry Hideaway and Fine Art at Baxters. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Beaufort: Cape Lookout Lighthouse (in Harkers Island) and North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace (in New Bern). There's much more to do: go from sight to sight with Island Express Ferry Service, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, and see the interesting displays at North Carolina Maritime Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Beaufort trip builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Wilmington to Beaufort takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

New Bern, Harkers Island, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Macon State Park
Highlights from your plan
North Carolina Maritime Museum ©
North Carolina Maritime Museum
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park

4
nights
Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. Ocracoke Preservation Museum and Ocracoke Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Ocracoke Beach Fires and Springers Point. Venture out of the city with trips to Frisco Beach (in Frisco) and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Teach's Hole Blackbeard Exhibit, view the masterpieces at Blue Pelican Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach, and don't miss a visit to Fort Ocracoke Monument.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Ocracoke route planner.

You can drive from Beaufort to Ocracoke in 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ocracoke are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Blue Pelican Gallery, Frisco Beach, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Ocracoke Beach ©
Ocracoke Beach
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery

7
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Carova Beach and Currituck Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Whalehead Club and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Explore Nags Head's surroundings by going to Corolla (Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, Nature & Wildlife Tours, & more), Museum of the Albemarle (in Elizabeth City) and Edenton (1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse & Barker House). There's much more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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Drive from Ocracoke to Nags Head in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Nags Head are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Corolla, Edenton, Kill Devil Hills, Duck, Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Parasailing & Paragliding

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