60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly + Drive:  5​h
1
Highlands
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Bryson City
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Asheville
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Blowing Rock
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Greensboro
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Raleigh
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Nags Head
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
New Bern
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Wilmington
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
Charlotte
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Fort Lauderdale

5
nights
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Highlands: Devil's Courthouse (in Pisgah Forest), Sassafras Mountain (in Rosman) and Whitewater Falls (in Sapphire). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, take in the exciting artwork at The Bascom, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, and stop by A Jones Company.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Highlands trip itinerary site .

Fort Lauderdale to Highlands is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December: high temperatures in Highlands hover around 54°F and lows are around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

6
nights
Bryson City

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: Maggie Valley (Waterrock Knob & Soco Falls), Robbinsville (Santeetlah Lake & Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese) and Max Patch (in Hot Springs). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Elizabeth Ellison Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Swain County Heritage Museum, and cruise along Cherohala Skyway.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bryson City day trip website .

You can drive from Highlands to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Bryson City can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cherokee, Maggie Valley, Robbinsville, Jackson County Public Library, Chatuge Dam Trail
Highlights from your plan

7
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
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: Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley), DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Biltmore, explore the striking landscape of Pisgah National Forest, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Asheville trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hendersonville, Pisgah Forest, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Zipline, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Food Tours

6
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blowing Rock: Linville (Rough Ridge Lookout, Wiseman's View Scenic Overlook, & more), Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (in Glendale Springs) and Catawba River Greenway (in Morganton). There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, contemplate the long history of Maple Grove, delve into the distant past at Henry River Mill Village, and trek along Bass Lake.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock tour itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Asheville to Blowing Rock by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in December, you will find days in Blowing Rock are little chillier (48°F), and nights are about the same (31°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Greensboro.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Linville, Crossnore, Hickory, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Catawba River Greenway
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Henry River Mill Village ©
Henry River Mill Village
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

6
nights
Greensboro

Greensboro ©
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Greensboro: Winston Salem (Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, & more), Tanglewood Park (in Clemmons) and Petty Museum (in Randleman). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Conservators Center, take in the awesome beauty at Pilot Mountain State Park, admire the landmark architecture of J. Douglas Galyon Depot, and stroll around Hanging Rock State Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Greensboro road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Greensboro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in December, you will find days in Greensboro are somewhat warmer (55°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Winston Salem, Uwharrie Crystalline, Old Nick Williams Farm and Distillery, Mendenhall Homeplace, Children's Museum of Alamance County
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
J. Douglas Galyon Depot ©
J. Douglas Galyon Depot
Room Escape Games

7
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Venture out of the city with trips to Durham (Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke University Chapel, & more), Broadslab Distillery (in Benson) and Fayetteville (1897 Poe House & Airborne and Special Operations Museum). The adventure continues: stroll through Neuse River Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Sylvan Heights Bird Park, see the interesting displays at The Carolina Basketball Museum, and explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Raleigh travel site .

Getting from Greensboro to Raleigh by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Durham, Chapel Hill, Tarboro, Fayetteville, Broadslab Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Urban Axes Durham ©
Urban Axes Durham
Neuse River Trail ©
Neuse River Trail

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nags Head: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton), Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe) and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum (in Corolla). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, examine the collection at Jim Catfish Hunter Museum, steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, and take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nags Head trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Raleigh to Nags Head in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In January, daytime highs in Nags Head are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to New Bern.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, Hertford, Manteo, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial

5
nights
New Bern

New Bern ©
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Beaufort (Island Express Ferry Service, Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, & more), Fort Macon State Park (in Atlantic Beach) and Cape Lookout National Seashore (in Harkers Island). There's still lots to do: browse for treasures at New Berne Antiques and Collectibles, steep yourself in history at North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, take an in-depth tour of New Bern Academy Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the New Bern trip planner .

You can drive from Nags Head to New Bern in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In January, daily temperatures in New Bern can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in New Bern

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Beaufort, Jacksonville, Fort Macon State Park, Goose Creek State Park, The Sweet Spot
Highlights from your plan
Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach), Smith Island Museum (in Bald Head Island) and Southport (Trinity United Methodist Church & Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Battle House, sample the tasty concoctions at Broomtail Craft Brewery, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery.

Find out how to plan Wilmington trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from New Bern to Wilmington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Wilmington are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Charlotte side-trips: Concord (Richard Petty Driving Experience & Zmax Dragway), The Rumor Mill Market (in Davidson) and The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville). There's still lots to do: get your game on at Escape Kings, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, see the interesting displays at Carolinas Aviation Museum, and hike along Buzzard Rock Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Charlotte online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Charlotte takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Wilmington in January; daily highs in Charlotte reach 52°F and lows reach 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, N.C.Korean War Memorial, The Rumor Mill Market, The Lazy 5 Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

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