60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina holiday planner
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Charlotte
— 5 nights
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Greensboro
— 6 nights
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Raleigh
— 6 nights
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Corolla
— 5 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 4 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 6 nights
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Wilmington
— 6 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 6 nights
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Asheville
— 7 nights
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Bryson City
— 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville), Lake Norman Miniature Golf (in Cornelius) and Village Park (in Kannapolis). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Carowinds, examine the collection at Carolinas Aviation Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, and sample the tasty concoctions at NoDa Brewing Company.

Planning Charlotte trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Charlotte is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 15 hours. While traveling from Sydney, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Charlotte, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Greensboro.
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Greensboro — 6 nights

Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Get out of town with these interesting Greensboro side-trips: Asheboro (North Carolina Zoo & Richland Creek Canopy Tours), The Andy Griffith Museum (in Mount Airy) and Hanging Rock State Park (in Danbury). There's much more to do: examine the collection at International Civil Rights Center & Museum, identify plant and animal life at Conservators Center, get curious at Greensboro Science Center, and catch a live event at First National Bank Field.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Greensboro trip planner.

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Greensboro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Greensboro are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.
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Raleigh — 6 nights

City of Oaks

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: Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville), Durham (Duke University Chapel, Museum of Life + Science, &more) and Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve (in Southern Pines). There's still lots to do: stroll through Neuse River Trail, admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, stroll around Pullen Park, and see the interesting displays at CAM Raleigh.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Raleigh driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Greensboro to Raleigh in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Raleigh sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Corolla.
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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 Parasailing & Paragliding in Duck, approximately Duck away. Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, stroll through Currituck Banks Reserve, and tee off at The Grass Course.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Corolla road trip tool.

You can drive from Raleigh to Corolla in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. In August, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manteo.
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Manteo, Roanoke Island — 4 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Manteo is known for zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get up close to creatures of the deep with Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours, contemplate the long history of Island Farm, admire the natural beauty at Elizabethan Gardens, and take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manteo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hatteras Island.
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Hatteras Island — 6 nights

Explore Hatteras Island's surroundings by going to Wright Brothers National Memorial (in Kill Devil Hills), Ocracoke (Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach & Outer Banks National Scenic Byway) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe). Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Hatteras Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manteo to Hatteras Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 6 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Explore Wilmington's surroundings by going to North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (in Pine Knoll Shores), North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC (in Swansboro). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Camp, sample the fine beverages at Walton's Distillery, sample the tasty concoctions at Front Street Brewery, and don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Wilmington online travel route builder.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Wilmington in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In September, daytime highs in Wilmington are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Blowing Rock.
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Side Trips

Blowing Rock — 6 nights

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Venture out of the city with trips to South Mountains State Park (in Connelly Springs), Bobby McLean Memorial Park (in Newland) and Linville (Flat Rock Trail & Hawksbill Mountain Trail). There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain, get interesting insight from Thermal Valley, and admire the majestic nature at Julian Price Memorial Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Blowing Rock, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Wilmington to Blowing Rock by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Wilmington in September, expect Blowing Rock to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Asheville.
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Asheville — 7 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm (in Hendersonville), Zipline (in Lake Lure) and DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and identify plant and animal life at Western North Carolina Nature Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville day trip app.

Drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Blowing Rock in September, with highs in Asheville at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bryson City.
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Bryson City — 6 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Venture out of the city with trips to Santeetlah Lake (in Robbinsville), Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Mingo Falls (in Cherokee). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore and take pictures at Cherohala Skyway, take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, and take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bryson City trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. September in Bryson City sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) 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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