56 days in North Carolina Itinerary

56 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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56 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  18​h
1
Charlotte
— 4 nights
bus + Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Highlands
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cherokee
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Asheville
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Mount Airy
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Greensboro
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Fayetteville
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Wilmington
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
New Bern
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Kill Devil Hills
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Raleigh
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Istanbul

4
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Charlotte to Indian Trail to see Wise Acres Organic Strawberry Farm about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: get your game on at Escape Kings, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Muddy River Distillery, explore and take pictures at The Bank of America Stadium, and browse the collection at Billy Graham Library.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Charlotte trip planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Charlotte is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Charlotte, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Charlotte when traveling from Istanbul in January, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Highlands.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Muddy River Distillery, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, Wise Acres Organic Strawberry Farm
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

4
nights
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Highlands: Horsepasture River and Nature Trails (in Sapphire), Southern Highlands Reserve (in Lake Toxaway) and Franklin (Bartram Trail & Pickens Nose). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, don't miss a visit to Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, explore the striking landscape at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and look for gifts at A Jones Company.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Highlands trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Charlotte to Highlands takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Charlotte in January, Highlands is slightly colder at night with lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Franklin, Southern Highlands Reserve, Horsepasture River and Nature Trails, Whiteside Mountain, A Jones Company
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center ©
Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

4
nights
Cherokee

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cherokee: Maggie Valley (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum & Cataloochee Ski Area). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Jackson County Public Library, look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet, see the interesting displays at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, and try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cherokee itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Highlands to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Bryson City, Maggie Valley, Jackson County Public Library, Oaks Gallery at the Riverwood Shops
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

6
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Hendersonville (Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, Pisgah Forest Gem Mine & Gifts, & more) and DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain). Make the 11th (Mon) an awe-inspiring day at Pisgah National Forest. There's lots more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, view the masterpieces at Colin's Creatures, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Asheville day trip site .

Drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February in Asheville, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mount Airy.

Things to do in Asheville

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hendersonville, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Bald Mountain Golf Course, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum
Food Tours
Room Escape Games

5
nights
Mount Airy

Mount Airy ©
Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Hanging Rock State Park (in Danbury), Blowing Rock (Bolick and Traditions Pottery & Appalachian Ski Mountain) and Wilkesboro (Call Family Distillers & Warrior Creek Mountain Bike Trails). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Parkway, do a tasting at Menarick Vineyard & Winery, see the interesting displays at The Andy Griffith Museum, and contemplate the long history of Hutchinson House.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mount Airy road trip site .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Mount Airy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Greensboro.

Things to do in Mount Airy

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Roaring Gap, Blowing Rock, Wilkesboro, Menarick Vineyard & Winery, Pilot Mountain State Park
Highlights from your plan
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Hanging Rock State Park ©
Hanging Rock State Park
Pilot Mountain State Park ©
Pilot Mountain State Park

5
nights
Greensboro

Greensboro ©
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. Explore Greensboro's surroundings by going to Burlington (Conservators Center & Haw River Trail & Paddle Trail), North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro) and Petty Museum (in Randleman). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, get curious at Greensboro Science Center, steep yourself in history at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Home Moravian Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Greensboro attractions app .

You can drive from Mount Airy to Greensboro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Mebane, Winston Salem, Burlington, Tanglewood Park, Petty Museum
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Old Salem Museums & Gardens ©
Old Salem Museums & Gardens

5
nights
Fayetteville

Fayetteville ©
Fayetteville is a city in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Carolina Horse Park (in Raeford), Southern Pines (Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities & Weymouth Woods) and Cypress Bend Vineyards (in Wagram). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Airborne and Special Operations Museum, hike along Cape Fear River Trail, let little ones run wild at Camelot Playground, and identify plant and animal life at Hawk Manor Falconry.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fayetteville route planner .

You can drive from Greensboro to Fayetteville in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Fayetteville can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Southern Pines, Raeford, Camelot Playground, William C Lee Airborne Museum, Cypress Bend Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Carolina Horse Park ©
Carolina Horse Park
Airborne and Special Operations Museum ©
Cape Fear River Trail ©
Cape Fear River Trail

6
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Venture out of the city with trips to North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Carolina Beach (Federal Point History Center & Carolina Beach Pontoon Rental). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Battle House, enjoy some diversion at Hugh McRae Park, brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Camp.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Wilmington trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fayetteville to Wilmington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Wilmington are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to New Bern.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle Camp ©
Sea Turtle Camp
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Room Escape Games

5
nights
New Bern

New Bern ©
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Bern: Jacksonville (Lejeune Memorial Gardens & Walton's Distillery), Beaufort (North Carolina Maritime Museum, Beaufort Paddle, & more) and Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary (in Hubert). And it doesn't end there: trek along Pine Cliffs Recreation Area - Neusiok Trail, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon State Park, explore and take pictures at Fort Macon, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read New Bern trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Wilmington to New Bern by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March in New Bern, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in New Bern

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Beaufort, Jacksonville, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Macon State Park, Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park
Beaufort Paddle ©
Beaufort Paddle

5
nights
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Change things up with these side-trips from Kill Devil Hills: North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island (in Manteo), Sanctuary Vineyards (in Jarvisburg) and Corolla (Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education & The Grass Course). There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kill Devil Hills tour builder app .

Traveling by car from New Bern to Kill Devil Hills takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from New Bern, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kill Devil Hills, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Corolla, Columbia, Sanctuary Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

4
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Raleigh: Durham (Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke University Chapel, & more) and The Carolina Basketball Museum (in Chapel Hill). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, admire all the interesting features of PNC Arena, look for all kinds of wild species at Fletcher Park, and stroll through Pullen Park.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Raleigh road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kill Devil Hills to Raleigh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kill Devil Hills in March: highs in Raleigh hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Durham, The Carolina Basketball Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art

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