54 days in North Carolina Itinerary

54 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina travel planner

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Charlotte
— 5 nights
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Cherokee
— 4 nights
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Asheville
— 8 nights
Drive
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Blowing Rock
— 5 nights
Drive
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Greensboro
— 6 nights
Drive
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Raleigh
— 7 nights
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nags Head
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hatteras Island
— 4 nights
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Wilmington
— 6 nights
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Charlotte

— 5 nights

The Queen City

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St Peter's Catholic Church and Old Settlers Cemetery. Head to SouthPark and Concord Millsfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Charlotte: Lake Norman Antique Mall (in Mooresville), Cabarrus Arena & Event Center (in Concord) and Beatty's Ford Park (in Denver). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Foundation For The Carolinas, get curious at Discovery Place Science, look for gifts at The Village Store, and buy something for everyone on your list at Phillips Place.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip itinerary maker app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Charlotte. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in April, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Charlotte

Shopping · Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 4 nights

Trails of Legends and Adventures

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Shop till you drop at The Bascom and Oaks Gallery at the Riverwood Shops. Get out of town with these interesting Cherokee side-trips: Waynesville (Barber Orchard Fruitstand, Sutton and Son's Antiques, &more), River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City) and Highlands (Dry Falls & Bridal Veil Falls). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Country Traditions, get interesting insight from Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, view the masterpieces at The Charles Heath Gallery, and shop like a local with Elizabeth Ellison Gallery.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cherokee trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Cherokee takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Charlotte in May, expect Cherokee to be slightly colder, temps between 75°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Shopping · Museums · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Asheville

— 8 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 Grovewood Village and New Morning Gallery. Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Biltmore Village will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Heartwood Contemporary Crafts Gallery (in Saluda), Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards (in Hendersonville) and Shabby Shack Mall (in Brevard). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through River Arts District, view the masterpieces at Philip DeAngelo Studio, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lexington Glassworks.

For ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville route planner.

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. May in Asheville sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 5 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Head to Mountain Dog and Caldwell Arts Councilfor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate E.H. Sloop Chapel and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blowing Rock: Slightly Askew Winery (in Elkin), J.E. Broyhill Civic Center (in Lenoir) and Mica Gallery (in Bakersville). The adventure continues: pick up some local products at Watauga County Farmer's Market, hit the slopes at Appalachian Ski Mtn., do a tasting at Menarick Vineyard & Winery, and play a few rounds at Mountain Glen Golf Club.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Blowing Rock trip builder app.

Getting from Asheville to Blowing Rock by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in May, you will find days in Blowing Rock are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Greensboro.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

Greensboro

— 6 nights
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. Head to Ambleside Gallery and Tanger Outlets Mebanefor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and Old Salem Museums & Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Greensboro: Mebane (The Curious Peddler & Destination Downtown), Seagrove Creations Pottery Gallery (in Seagrove) and Southern Supreme Fruitcake (in Bear Creek). Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, stroll through Tanglewood Park, view the masterpieces at Piedmon Craftsmen, and play a few rounds at Oak Hollow Golf Course.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Greensboro online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Greensboro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Blowing Rock in May, with highs in Greensboro at 78°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 7 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Eno Gallery and Brightleaf Square will appeal to history buffs. Do your shopping at North Hills and Artspace. Change things up with these side-trips from Raleigh: Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery (in Creedmoor), Pittsboro (Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts, The Joyful Jewel, &more) and Durham (Sarah P. Duke Gardens & Duke University Chapel). There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Carrboro Farmers Market, get some fabulous bargains at Carolina Premium Outlets, get curious at Marbles Kids Museum, and learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Raleigh visit website.

You can drive from Greensboro to Raleigh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Raleigh are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Raleigh

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 3 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Your inner history buff will appreciate Island Farm and Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse. For shopping fun, head to Dare County Arts Council or The Christmas Shop. There's much more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, take an in-depth tour of Buffalo City Exhibit, get your game on at Jumpmasters Trampoline Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Poor Richards.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Manteo trip maker site.

You can drive from Raleigh to Manteo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Raleigh in June: highs in Manteo hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Manteo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wright Brothers National Memorial and Bodie Island Lighthouse. Head to Grave Digger and Timbuck IIfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum (in Corolla), Sanctuary Vineyards (in Jarvisburg) and The Carolina Club (in Grandy). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, get some fabulous bargains at Outlets Nags Head, have some family-friendly fun at Mutiny Bay Adventure Golf, and view the masterpieces at Seaside Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nags Head attractions planner.

Nags Head is just a stone's throw from Manteo. In June, daily temperatures in Nags Head can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 4 nights
Do your shopping at Blue Pelican Gallery and Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and British Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Hatteras Island: Ocracoke (Ocracoke Lighthouse, Over the Moon, &more). Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hatteras Island online travel route planner.

Getting from Nags Head to Hatteras Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Hatteras Island can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Wilmington

— 6 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Visit Airlie Gardens and Zebulon Latimer House for their historical value. For shopping fun, head to Expo 216 or The Fancy Flea Antique Mall. Change things up with these side-trips from Wilmington: Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island), Southport (Artshak Studio and Gallery, Franklin Square Gallery, &more) and Sunset River Marketplace (in Calabash). And it doesn't end there: take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, take in the exciting artwork at River to Sea Gallery, and wander the streets of Historic District.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Wilmington trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hatteras Island to Wilmington by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. In June, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · 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.