60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip itinerary planner

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Highlands
— 4 nights
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Cherokee
— 5 nights
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Asheville
— 8 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 6 nights
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Charlotte
— 7 nights
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Durham
— 6 nights
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Wilmington
— 7 nights
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Beaufort
— 4 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 4 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 4 nights
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Corolla
— 4 nights
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Highlands

— 4 nights
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Venture out of the city with trips to Mark of the Potter (in Clarkesville), Helen (Yonah Mountain Campground, Chattahoochee River, &more) and BabyLand General Hospital (in Cleveland). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Cades Cove, view the masterpieces at The Bascom, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Highlands trip planner.

New York City to Highlands is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from New York City in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 59°F in Highlands. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 5 nights

Trails of Legends and Adventures

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cherokee: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (The Sinks, Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, &more), Maggie Valley (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum & Waterrock Knob) and Bryson City (Nantahala River Gem Mine & River Rafting & Tubing). There's still lots to do: cruise along Newfound Gap Road, walk around Oconaluftee Islands Park, trek along Charlies Bunion, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cherokee trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Highlands to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Asheville

— 8 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: Mt Cammerer Fire Tower (in Cosby), Hartford (Zipline, River Rafting & Tubing, &more) and Hendersonville (Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, Burntshirt Vineyards, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Biltmore, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the exciting artwork at New Morning Gallery, and admire the sheer force of Falls Park on the Reedy.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Asheville route app.

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 6 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blowing Rock: Linville (Linville River, Rough Ridge Lookout, &more), Morganton (Catawba Meadows Park, Silver Fork Winery, &more) and South Creek Winery (in Nebo). Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the majestic nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grandfather Mountain, and walk around Broyhill Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock holiday planning app.

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in June, things will get a bit cooler in Blowing Rock: highs are around 77°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Charlotte side-trips: Mooresville (Carrigan Farms & The Lazy 5 Ranch), West Columbia Riverwalk (in West Columbia) and Columbia (Craft Axe Throwing- Columbia, South Carolina State House, &more). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Escape Kings, trek along Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve, get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, and head outdoors with The Green.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Charlotte road trip app.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Charlotte in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Blowing Rock in June; daily highs in Charlotte reach 88°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Durham.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

Durham

— 6 nights

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Change things up with these side-trips from Durham: Conservators Center (in Burlington), Raleigh (Pullen Park, Historic Yates Mill County Park, &more) and Greensboro (Greensboro Science Center, LeBauer Park, &more). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Urban Axes Durham, tour the pleasant surroundings at Duke Lemur Center, steep yourself in history at Bennett Place Historic Site, and examine the collection at V & E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Durham vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Durham takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Durham, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Durham

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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 Kure Beach (North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher & Fort Fisher State Recreation Area), Surf City (Surf City Pier, Soundside Park, &more) and Walton's Distillery (in Jacksonville). There's still lots to do: get your game on at Battle House Laser Tag, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, admire the landmark architecture of Bellamy Mansion, and learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Wilmington itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Durham to Wilmington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Beaufort

— 4 nights
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Beaufort side-trips: Little River Road (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park), Harkers Island (Cape Lookout National Seashore, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, &more) and New Bern (Union Point Park, Fine Art at Baxters, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Island Express Ferry Service, head outdoors with Beaufort Pirates Revenge, see the interesting displays at North Carolina Maritime Museum, and admire the majestic nature at Fort Macon State Park.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Beaufort online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Beaufort takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Beaufort can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Beaufort

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 4 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Rodanthe (Rodanthe Pier & Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum) and Ocracoke (Anchorage Marina, British Cemetery, &more).

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hatteras Island trip app.

Getting from Beaufort to Hatteras Island by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Hatteras Island can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Manteo.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 4 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. When in Manteo, make a side trip to see Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rodanthe, approximately Rodanthe away. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sea views from Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, and explore the striking landscape of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

Make your Manteo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Hatteras Island to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Corolla

— 4 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Explore Corolla's surroundings by going to Great Dismal Canal (in Camden), Flippers Arcade & Variety Store (in Grandy) and Carova Beach (in Carova). The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, cruise along Beach Jeeps of Corolla, trek along Currituck Banks Reserve, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Corolla online travel route planner.

Getting from Manteo to Corolla by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Corolla, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.