60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Highlands
— 5 nights
2
Bryson City
— 6 nights
3
Asheville
— 7 nights
4
Blowing Rock
— 6 nights
5
Greensboro
— 6 nights
6
Raleigh
— 7 nights
7
Nags Head
— 5 nights
8
New Bern
— 5 nights
9
Wilmington
— 6 nights
10
Charlotte
— 6 nights

5
nights
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Highlands side-trips: Whitewater Falls (in Sapphire), Devil's Courthouse (in Pisgah Forest) and Sassafras Mountain (in Rosman). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, hit the slopes at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center, shop like a local with The Bascom, and learn more about the world around you at Old Jail Museum.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Highlands travel planning app.

Fort Lauderdale to Highlands is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December: high temperatures in Highlands hover around 54°F and lows are around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Franklin, Hayesville, Cashiers, Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center, Whitewater Falls
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center ©
Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center

6
nights
Bryson City

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: Max Patch (in Hot Springs), Robbinsville (Santeetlah Lake & Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese) and Maggie Valley (Waterrock Knob & Soco Falls). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Unique Gift Outlet, make a trip to River's Rim Studio and Gallery, and try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bryson City trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Highlands to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cherokee, Robbinsville, Maggie Valley, Old Cardinal Gem Mine, Max Patch
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jackson County Public Library ©
Jackson County Public Library

7
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain), Zipline (in Lake Lure) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Biltmore, see the interesting displays at Asheville Pinball Museum, take a peaceful walk through Pisgah National Forest, and go deep underground at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Asheville holiday builder app.

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pisgah Forest, Hendersonville, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, DuPont State Recreational Forest
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

6
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Blowing Rock: Catawba River Greenway (in Morganton), Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (in Glendale Springs) and Linville (Rough Ridge Lookout, Wiseman's View Scenic Overlook, &more). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, steep yourself in history at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, look for gifts at Handtiques, and browse the collection at The Blowing Rock Community Library.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock travel planner.

Getting from Asheville to Blowing Rock by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Asheville in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Blowing Rock, with highs around 48°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Linville, Crossnore, Hickory, Linn Cove Viaduct, Catawba River Greenway
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Handtiques ©
Handtiques

6
nights
Greensboro

Greensboro ©
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Greensboro: Petty Museum (in Randleman), Tanglewood Park (in Clemmons) and Winston Salem (Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at International Civil Rights Center & Museum, identify plant and animal life at Conservators Center, contemplate the long history of Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, and engage your brain at Greensboro Science Center.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Greensboro holiday app.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Greensboro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in December, expect nights in Greensboro to be about the same, around 36°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Winston Salem, Uwharrie Crystalline, Mendenhall Homeplace, Petty Museum, Tanglewood Park
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
International Civil Rights Center & Museum ©
Tanglewood Park ©
Tanglewood Park

7
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
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: Fayetteville (1897 Poe House & Airborne and Special Operations Museum), Durham (Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke University Chapel, &more) and Broadslab Distillery (in Benson). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, identify plant and animal life at Sylvan Heights Bird Park, and see the interesting displays at North Carolina Museum of History.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Raleigh trip planner.

Getting from Greensboro to Raleigh by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Raleigh are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Durham, Chapel Hill, Tarboro, Fayetteville, Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Highlights from your plan
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ©
Urban Axes Durham ©
Urban Axes Durham
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art

5
nights
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nags Head: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton), Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe) and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum (in Corolla). There's lots more to do: stroll around Jockey's Ridge State Park, play a few rounds at Sound Golf Links at Albemarle Plantation, have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, and explore the striking landscape of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nags Head day trip planner.

You can drive from Raleigh to Nags Head in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in January, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to New Bern.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Hatteras Island, Kill Devil Hills, Manteo, Hertford, Duck Town Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Jennette's Pier ©
Jennette's Pier

5
nights
New Bern

New Bern ©
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. Explore New Bern's surroundings by going to Beaufort (Island Express Ferry Service, Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, &more), Fort Macon State Park (in Atlantic Beach) and Foscue Plantation (in Pollocksville). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery, brush up on your military savvy at CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, identify plant and animal life at Cape Lookout National Seashore, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the New Bern journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nags Head to New Bern takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In January in New Bern, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in New Bern

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Beaufort, Jacksonville, Cape Lookout National Seashore, CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, The Sweet Spot
Highlights from your plan
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park
New Berne Antiques and Collectibles ©
New Berne Antiques and Collectibles
Fine Art at Baxters ©
Fine Art at Baxters

6
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
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 Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach), Southport (Trinity United Methodist Church & Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry) and Surf City (Shipwreck Point Golf & Topsail Island). The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Riverwalk, take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broomtail Craft Brewery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Wilmington trip maker app.

Drive from New Bern to Wilmington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors

Side Trips

Southport, Surf City, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, The Hoarders, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
Highlights from your plan
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher ©
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Room Escape Games
Battle House Laser Tag ©
Battle House Laser Tag

6
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Charlotte: N.C.Korean War Memorial (in Mint Hill), The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville) and Concord (Richard Petty Driving Experience & Zmax Dragway). Next up on the itinerary: browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, and get curious at Discovery Place Science.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Charlotte trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Charlotte takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in January, expect Charlotte to be little chillier, temps between 52°F and 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Concord, Huntersville, Muddy River Distillery, The Rumor Mill Market, N.C.Korean War Memorial
Highlights from your plan
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings

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