60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina holiday planner

Make it your trip
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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
Drive
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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, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and stroll through Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve.

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.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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: The Andy Griffith Museum (in Mount Airy), Hanging Rock State Park (in Danbury) and Asheboro (North Carolina Zoo & Richland Creek Canopy Tours). There's much more to do: get curious at Greensboro Science Center, examine the collection at International Civil Rights Center & Museum, get outside with Newbridge Bank Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Conservators Center.

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.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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: Durham (Duke University Chapel, Museum of Life + Science, &more), Weymouth Woods (in Southern Pines) and Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville). 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.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Corolla

— 5 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Corolla is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Off-Road Tours, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, play a few rounds at The Grass Course, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Currituck Banks Reserve.

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 bus 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.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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, parks, and nightlife. 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, take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, and admire the natural beauty at Elizabethan Gardens.

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. 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.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Hatteras Island

— 6 nights
Explore Hatteras Island's surroundings by going to Kill Devil Hills (A Sanctuary Massage & Wright Brothers National Memorial), 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. 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.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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 Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC (in Swansboro), North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (in Pine Knoll Shores) and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, sample the fine beverages at Walton's Distillery, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Wilmington trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Hatteras Island to Wilmington in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. September in Wilmington sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

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 Linville (Rough Ridge Lookout, Flat Rock Trail, &more), Bobby McLean Memorial Park (in Newland) and South Mountains State Park (in Connelly Springs). There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, try out the rides at Tweetsie Railroad, stroll through Grandfather Mountain, and get outside with Thermal Valley.

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.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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: Zipline (in Lake Lure), Elijah Mountain Gem Mine (in Hendersonville) and DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain). Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

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.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Tours · 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bryson City: Mingo Falls (in Cherokee), Santeetlah Lake (in Robbinsville) and Carolina Outfitters (in Topton). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and explore and take pictures at Cherohala Skyway.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Bryson City trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. In September in Bryson City, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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History Museums · 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.