60 days in North Carolina & South Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina & South Carolina Itinerary

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Corolla
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Hatteras Island
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Raleigh
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Wilmington
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Myrtle Beach
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Charleston
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Beaufort
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Hilton Head
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Charlotte
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Highlands
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Bryson City
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Asheville
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Blowing Rock
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Mount Airy
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Corolla — 2 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Relax by the water at Carova Beach and Currituck Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vineyard Voyage and Whalehead Club. Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, hike along Currituck Banks Reserve, take a stroll through Scarborough Lane Shoppes, and take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Corolla holiday planner.

Washington to Corolla is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington in June, Corolla is a bit warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Hatteras Island.
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Hatteras Island — 4 nights

Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Bodie Island Lighthouse. Get outdoors at Frisco Beach and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hatteras Island: Outer Banks Distilling (in Manteo), Jockey's Ridge State Park (in Nags Head) and Wright Brothers National Memorial (in Kill Devil Hills).

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hatteras Island trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Corolla to Hatteras Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In June in Hatteras Island, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.
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Raleigh — 4 nights

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Get some cultural insight at North Carolina Museum of Art and North Hills. Do your shopping at Carrboro Farmers Market and Eno Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Raleigh: Hillsborough (Old Town Cemetery & Occoneechee Orange Speedway), Fayetteville (Airborne and Special Operations Museum & David McCune International Art Gallery) and Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery (in Creedmoor). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at North Carolina Museum of History, walk around Historic Yates Mill County Park, stroll through Conservators Center, and hike along Neuse River Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Raleigh travel planner.

Drive from Hatteras Island to Raleigh in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Raleigh when traveling from Hatteras Island in June, with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 5 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Take a break from the city and head to Hammocks Beach State Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Do your shopping at Expo 216 and North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. Venture out of the city with trips to Oak Island (The Point & Oak Island Beach), Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Jacksonville) and Holden Beach (in Holden Beach). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Wilmington National Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, and wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington vacation planner.

Drive from Raleigh to Wilmington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Myrtle Beach.
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Myrtle Beach — 4 nights

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Relax by the water at Myrtle Beach and Crescent Beach. Head to Broadway at the Beach and Callahan's of Calabashfor some retail therapy. Explore Myrtle Beach's surroundings by going to Kaminski House Museum (in Georgetown), Litchfield Beach (in Litchfield Beach) and Brookgreen Gardens (in Murrells Inlet). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum, make a trip to Barefoot Landing, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and kick back and relax at Cherry Grove Beach.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Myrtle Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Myrtle Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Myrtle Beach sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Charleston.
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Charleston — 6 nights

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Step out of the city life by going to Folly Beach Public Beach and Sullivan's Island Beach. For shopping fun, head to Charleston City Market or One Of A Kind. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Fort Sumter National Monument, steep yourself in history at Aiken-Rhett House, go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and admire the landmark architecture of Drayton Hall.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Charleston trip planner.

Getting from Myrtle Beach to Charleston by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Charleston are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Beaufort.
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Beaufort — 4 nights

Beaufort is a city in and the county seat of Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Thibault Gallery and McIntosh Book Shoppe. Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. Explore Beaufort's surroundings by going to Walterboro (Tuskegee Airmen Memorial & South Carolina Artisans Center) and September Oaks Winery (in Ridgeland). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Pat Conroy Literary Center, contemplate the long history of St. Helena's Anglican Church, immerse yourself in nature at Hunting Island State Park, and walk around Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Beaufort tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Charleston to Beaufort in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Beaufort, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Hilton Head.
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Hilton Head — 5 nights

A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Head to Nash Gallery and Pluff Mudd Artfor some retail therapy. Visit Coligny Beach and Folly Field Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Hilton Head with a short trip to York W. Bailey Museum in Saint Helena Island, about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, sample the fine beverages at Hilton Head Distillery, enjoy the sand and surf at Driessen Beach Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Hilton Head attractions app.

Drive from Beaufort to Hilton Head in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Hilton Head, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Charlotte.
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Charlotte — 4 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kings Mountain National Military Park and Old Salem Museums & Gardens. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Piedmont Triad Farmers Market and SouthPark. Get out of town with these interesting Charlotte side-trips: Abbott Farms (in Cowpens), Dennis Vineyards Winery (in Albemarle) and The Candy Factory (in Lexington). There's still lots to do: take in the history at Cowpens National Battlefield, make a trip to Museum of York County, take in the views from Historic Waxhaw Foot Bridge, and immerse yourself in nature at Rose Hill Plantation Historic.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Charlotte trip tool.

Fly from Hilton Head to Charlotte in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hilton Head in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 70°F in Charlotte. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Highlands.
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Highlands — 4 nights

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Head to The Bascom and Cashiers Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum and Macon County Historical Society and Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Highlands: Devil's Courthouse (in Pisgah Forest), Walhalla (Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel & Oconee Station State Historic Site) and Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tours (in Long Creek). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, explore the striking landscape at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Highlands road trip planning tool.

Fly from Charlotte to Highlands in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Charlotte in July: high temperatures in Highlands hover around 83°F and lows are around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bryson City.
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Bryson City — 4 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Mountain Farm Museum and It's By Nature are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Explore Bryson City's surroundings by going to Old Jail Museum (in Hayesville), Santeetlah Lake (in Robbinsville) and Carolina Outfitters (in Topton). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, head outdoors with Nantahala on the Fly, take an in-depth tour of The Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians at Bryson City, and try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bryson City tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Highlands to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Bryson City are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Asheville.
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Asheville — 5 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get a sense of the local culture at New Morning Gallery and St.Claire Art. Do your shopping at Blue Spiral 1 and Lexington Glassworks. Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards (in Hendersonville), Greenville (Herdklotz Park & Falls Park on the Reedy) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy, see the interesting displays at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Asheville online journey builder.

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.
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Blowing Rock — 4 nights

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. E.H. Sloop Chapel and Six Waterpots Vineyard and Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blowing Rock: Linville Falls (Linville Falls & Linville Gorge), South Creek Winery (in Nebo) and Crossnore Weavers and Gallery (in Crossnore). There's much more to do: stop by Mast General Store, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rough Ridge Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grandfather Mountain, and do a tasting at Linville Falls Winery.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Blowing Rock trip maker site.

Getting from Asheville to Blowing Rock by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Asheville in July: highs in Blowing Rock hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Mount Airy.
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Mount Airy — 4 nights

Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. Stony Knoll Vineyards and The Andy Griffith Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Pilot Mountain State Park and Elkin Municipal Park. Explore Mount Airy's surroundings by going to East Bend (Flint Hill Vineyards & Cellar 4201 Vineyard), Hamptonville (Laurel Gray Vineyard & Winery, Shadow Springs Vineyard, &more) and Ronda (Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, Menarick Vineyard & Winery, &more). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at JOLO Winery & Vineyards, get engrossed in the history at Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, make a trip to Mayberry Replica Courthouse, and see the interesting displays at The Gertrude Smith House.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mount Airy vacation builder.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Mount Airy in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Blowing Rock in July; daily highs in Mount Airy reach 86°F and lows reach 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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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.
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South Carolina travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens · Beaches
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.
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