60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina travel route builder

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Durham
— 5 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 5 nights
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Nags Head
— 5 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 4 nights
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Wilmington
— 7 nights
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Greensboro
— 6 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 5 nights
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Asheville
— 8 nights
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Bryson City
— 6 nights
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Charlotte
— 7 nights
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Durham

— 5 nights

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Get out of town with these interesting Durham side-trips: Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville), Raleigh (Marbles Kids Museum, North Carolina Museum of History, &more) and Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts (in Pittsboro). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Durham History, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, and catch a live event at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Durham trip planning app.

London, UK to Durham is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Durham is minus 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Durham hover around 36°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Durham

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 5 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hatteras Island: Ocracoke (Ocracoke Preservation Museum, Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, &more) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe). Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hatteras Island online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Durham to Hatteras Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of flight and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Nags Head

— 5 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nags Head: Corolla (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, &more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 16th (Fri) at H2OBX Waterpark. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, stop by Seagreen Gallery, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, and get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nags Head trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hatteras Island to Nags Head takes 1.5 hours. August in Nags Head sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Nags Head

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 4 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, appreciate the extensive heritage of Roanoke Island Festival Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and enjoy the sea views from Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Manteo trip itinerary planner.

Manteo is very close to Nags Head. In August in Manteo, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Wilmington

— 7 nights
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 Southport (Cattail Cottage, Trinity United Methodist Church, &more), Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (in Surf City) and Holden Beach (in Holden Beach). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery, and steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Wilmington online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Manteo to Wilmington in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Greensboro

— 6 nights
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Explore Greensboro's surroundings by going to North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro), Mount Airy (Mayberry Replica Courthouse, Downtown Mt. Airy, &more) and Hanging Rock State Park (in Danbury). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy, make a trip to Shell-shaped Gas Station, stop by Friendly Center, and contemplate the long history of Old Salem Museums & Gardens.

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

Drive from Wilmington to Greensboro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daytime highs in Greensboro are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 5 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Take a break from Blowing Rock with a short trip to Linville Gorge in Linville Falls, about 52 minutes away. Fill the 6th (Fri) with excitement at Tweetsie Railroad. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, get lost in a book at The Blowing Rock Community Library, go deep underground at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, and steep yourself in history at Flat Top Manor.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Blowing Rock online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Greensboro to Blowing Rock in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Greensboro in September, with highs in Blowing Rock at 26°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Asheville

— 8 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Hendersonville (Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Team ECCO Aquarium & Shark Lab, &more), Zipline (in Lake Lure) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). Make the 10th (Tue) 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, examine the collection at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), take in the dramatic natural features at Sliding Rock, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Asheville online route planner.

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 15th (Sun) so you can 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 Bryson City's surroundings by going to Scottish Tartans Musuem (in Franklin), Highlands (Bust Your Butt Falls, Dry Falls, &more) and Carolina Outfitters (in Topton). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore and take pictures at Cherohala Skyway, explore the activities along Santeetlah Lake, and get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bryson City online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Bryson City can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 7 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.
Take a break from Charlotte with a short trip to The Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at Escape Kings, walk around Romare Bearden Park, get curious at Discovery Place Science, and examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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Drive from Bryson City to Charlotte in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bryson City in September since evenings lows in Charlotte dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

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.