59 days in North Carolina Itinerary

59 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina sightseeing planner

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Fly to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Drive to Blowing Rock
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Blowing Rock
— 5 nights
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Asheville
— 7 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 6 nights
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Wilmington
— 6 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 5 nights
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 4 nights
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Corolla
— 5 nights
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Raleigh
— 7 nights
Drive
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Greensboro
— 6 nights
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Charlotte
— 6 nights
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Blowing Rock

— 5 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Blowing Rock side-trips: Thermal Valley (in Morganton), Linville Caverns (in Marion) and Linville Gorge (in Linville Falls). There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, catch some excitement at Tweetsie Railroad, identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain, and explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Blowing Rock travel itinerary planner.

Kelowna, Canada to Blowing Rock is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Kelowna to Blowing Rock, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Blowing Rock are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Asheville

— 7 nights

Land of the Sky

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), Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley) and Hendersonville (Bearwallow Mountain & Elijah Mountain Gem Mine). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Biltmore, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pisgah National Forest, get interesting insight from Tours, and get lost in a book at The Folk Art Center.

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Getting from Blowing Rock to Asheville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Blowing Rock, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 6 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bryson City: Highlands (Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, Bridal Veil Falls, &more), Robbinsville (Wehrloom Honey, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, &more) and Mingo Falls (in Cherokee). There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire all the interesting features of Cherohala Skyway, take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum, and try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bryson City attractions website.

Drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Bryson City can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 6 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wilmington: Walton's Distillery (in Jacksonville), Topsail Island (in Surf City) and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach). The adventure continues: step aboard Battleship North Carolina, visit Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry, get your game on at Bear Towne Escape Room, and learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery.

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Traveling by flight from Bryson City to Wilmington takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In May, Wilmington is a bit warmer than Bryson City - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 5 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Hatteras Island: The Monument to a Century of Flight (in Kitty Hawk), Ocracoke (Ocracoke Beach Fires, Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, &more) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe).

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hatteras Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Hatteras Island takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Wilmington in June, expect nights in Hatteras Island to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manteo.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 4 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Step out of Manteo to go to Rodanthe and see Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, admire the natural beauty at Elizabethan Gardens, and stroll around Jockey's Ridge State Park.

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Traveling by car from Hatteras Island to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Corolla

— 5 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
When in Corolla, make a side trip to see Carova Beach in Carova, approximately Carova away. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at Historic Corolla Chapel, and stroll through Currituck Beach.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Corolla trip planner.

You can drive from Manteo to Corolla in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Raleigh side-trips: Fayetteville (Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Airborne and Special Operations Museum, &more), Durham (Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, &more) and Old Town Cemetery (in Hillsborough). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at The Carolina Basketball Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Fletcher Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.

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You can drive from Corolla to Raleigh in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Greensboro.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Greensboro

— 6 nights
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Pilot Mountain State Park (in Pinnacle), Conservators Center (in Burlington) and Asheboro (North Carolina Zoo & Richland Creek Canopy Tours). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at The Bog Garden at Benjamin Park, engage your brain at Greensboro Science Center, see the interesting displays at The Andy Griffith Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Greensboro route planner.

You can drive from Raleigh to Greensboro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Greensboro are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Charlotte side-trips: The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville) and Richard Petty Driving Experience (in Concord). There's still lots to do: browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, engage your brain at Discovery Place Science, examine the collection at Hendrick Motorsports Complex, and stroll around Freedom Park.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Charlotte planning site.

Traveling by car from Greensboro to Charlotte takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You will leave for home on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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.