60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Raleigh Durham International Airport, Drive to Raleigh
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Raleigh
— 6 nights
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Corolla
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hatteras Island
— 5 nights
Drive
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Beaufort
— 5 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 6 nights
Fly
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Highlands
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 6 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 7 nights
Drive
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Blowing Rock
— 6 nights
Drive
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Charlotte
— 7 nights
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Raleigh

— 6 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Change things up with these side-trips from Raleigh: Uwharrie Crystalline (in Seagrove), Fayetteville (Veterans Park & Airborne and Special Operations Museum) and Durham (Urban Axes Durham, Museum of Life + Science, &more). There's lots more to do: hike along Neuse River Trail, explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, stroll around Pullen Park, and engage your brain at Greensboro Science Center.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Raleigh road trip planning tool.

Kelowna, Canada to Raleigh is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Kelowna to Raleigh, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In June in Raleigh, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Corolla

— 5 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Step out of Corolla to go to Carova and see Carova Beach, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, trek along Currituck Banks Reserve, tee off at The Grass Course, and look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education.

Plan a trip to Corolla easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

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 June, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 5 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hatteras Island: Nags Head (Jockey's Ridge State Park, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more), Kill Devil Hills (Wright Brothers National Memorial & Outer Banks Old Time Photos) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe).

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hatteras Island trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Hatteras Island takes 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Hatteras Island are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Beaufort

— 5 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: New Bern (Bear Towne Escape Room, New Bern Fireman's Museum, &more), Harkers Island (Cape Lookout National Seashore & Cape Lookout Lighthouse) and Swansboro (Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC & Hammocks Beach State Park). And it doesn't end there: get from here to there with Island Express Ferry Service, stroll through The Point, examine the collection at North Carolina Maritime Museum, and admire the majestic nature at Fort Macon State Park.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Beaufort vacation planning app.

Traveling by car from Hatteras Island to Beaufort takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In June, daytime highs in Beaufort are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 6 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Surf City (Spas, Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, &more), Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (in Southport) and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Battle House Laser Tag, make a trip to Riverwalk, contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, and learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Wilmington route planner.

Traveling by car from Beaufort to Wilmington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In June in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Highlands.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Highlands

— 5 nights
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Explore Highlands' surroundings by going to Pisgah Forest (Devil's Courthouse & Courthouse Falls), Franklin (Lazy Hiker Brewing Company, Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, &more) and Sapphire (Gorges State Park & Whitewater Falls). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, stop by Colonel Mustard’s, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and explore the activities along Lake Glenville.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Highlands road trip planner.

You can fly from Wilmington to Highlands in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Wilmington in June; daily highs in Highlands reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 6 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Get out of town with these interesting Bryson City side-trips: Robbinsville (Santeetlah Lake, Stoney Hollow Farm, &more), Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino (in Murphy). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum, take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, and get great views at Wayah Bald Lookout Tower.

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 July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

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 Asheville's surroundings by going to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Hendersonville (Bearwallow Mountain & Elijah Mountain Gem Mine) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Biltmore, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

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

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. In July in Asheville, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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 Gorge (in Linville Falls), Linville Caverns (in Marion) and Stone Mountain State Park (in Roaring Gap). There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, walk around The Valle Crucis Community Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bass Lake, and admire all the interesting features of Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Blowing Rock holiday maker app.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Asheville in July, plan for slightly colder days in Blowing Rock, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Winston Salem (Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, &more), Davidson County Historical Museum (in Lexington) and Pilot Mountain State Park (in Pinnacle). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, examine the collection at Carolinas Aviation Museum, get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, and stroll around Freedom Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Charlotte online itinerary maker.

Drive from Blowing Rock to Charlotte in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Blowing Rock in July, expect Charlotte to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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.