60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Start: Charlotte
1
Charlotte
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Blowing Rock
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Asheville
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Bryson City
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Highlands
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Wilmington
— 7 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
7
Beaufort
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h
8
Hatteras Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Corolla
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
10
Durham
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
End: Charlotte

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Winston Salem (Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, &more), Pilot Mountain State Park (in Pinnacle) and Junius Lindsay Vineyard (in Lexington). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, see the interesting displays at Carolinas Aviation Museum, walk around Freedom Park, and get curious at Discovery Place Science.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Charlotte tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Charlotte. In May in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Winston Salem, Huntersville, Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, The Andy Griffith Museum, Pilot Mountain State Park
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

6
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Blowing Rock side-trips: T.H. Broyhill Walking Park (in Lenoir), Linville (Rough Ridge Lookout, Hawksbill Mountain Trail, &more) and Morganton (Catawba River Greenway & Thermal Valley). The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, get in on the family fun at Tweetsie Railroad, take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, and immerse yourself in nature at South Mountains State Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Charlotte to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and car. In May, Blowing Rock is a bit cooler than Charlotte - with highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Linville, Morganton, T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, Grandfather Mountain State Park, South Mountains State Park
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Vx3 Trail Rides ©
Vx3 Trail Rides
Flat Top Manor ©
Flat Top Manor

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: Hendersonville (Bearwallow Mountain & Elijah Mountain Gem Mine), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Biltmore, take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Asheville holiday maker website.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Blowing Rock in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Asheville, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hendersonville, Brevard, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Food Tours
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

6
nights
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bryson City: Santeetlah Lake (in Robbinsville), Wayah Bald Lookout Tower (in Franklin) and Carolina Outfitters (in Topton). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, don't miss a visit to River's Rim Studio and Gallery, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bryson City day trip app.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Bryson City can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Cherokee, North Carolina Mountains, Santeetlah Lake, Cherokee Cellars Winery, Wayah Bald Lookout Tower
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cherohala Skyway ©
Cherohala Skyway

5
nights
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Pisgah Forest (Courthouse Falls & Devil's Courthouse), Southern Highlands Reserve (in Lake Toxaway) and Franklin (Fishing Charters & Tours & The Factory Franklin). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, trek along Horsepasture River and Nature Trails, admire the majestic nature at Gorges State Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Highlands online journey planner.

Getting from Bryson City to Highlands by car takes about 1.5 hours. May in Highlands sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sapphire, Pisgah Forest, Franklin, Whiteside Mountain, Nantahala River
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

7
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: Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island), Jacksonville (The Smash Shack & Walton's Distillery) and Southport (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Trinity United Methodist Church, &more). The adventure continues: take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, have some family-friendly fun at Battle House Laser Tag, admire the striking features of Bellamy Mansion, and wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Highlands to Wilmington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Highlands in May, expect Wilmington to be somewhat warmer, temps between 81°F and 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Southport, Surf City, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Jacksonville
Highlights from your plan
Battle House Laser Tag ©
Battle House Laser Tag
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Noni Bacca Winery ©
Noni Bacca Winery

5
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Beaufort: Harkers Island (Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, &more), Swansboro (Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC & Hammocks Beach State Park) and Pine Cliffs Recreation Area - Neusiok Trail (in Havelock). There's lots more to do: visit Island Express Ferry Service, test your problem-solving skills at Bear Towne Escape Room, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, and make a trip to Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Beaufort trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Wilmington to Beaufort in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Wilmington, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Beaufort, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Harkers Island, New Bern, Swansboro, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, The Point
Highlights from your plan
Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore
North Carolina Maritime Museum ©
North Carolina Maritime Museum

5
nights
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Nags Head (Jockey's Ridge State Park, Bodie Island Lighthouse, &more), Kill Devil Hills (Outer Banks Old Time Photos, Wright Brothers National Memorial, &more) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe).

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Hatteras Island trip planner.

You can drive from Beaufort to Hatteras Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Nags Head, Manteo, Kill Devil Hills, Ocracoke, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

5
nights
Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Step out of Corolla with an excursion to Carova Beach in Carova--about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, see the interesting displays at Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store, and trek along Currituck Banks Reserve.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Corolla route planner.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Corolla in 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Duck, Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum ©
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum

7
nights
Durham

Durham ©
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: North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro), Burlington (Haw River Trail & Paddle Trail & Conservators Center) and Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, identify plant and animal life at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, and get your game on at Urban Axes Durham.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Durham travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Durham takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In June, daily temperatures in Durham can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Durham

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Raleigh, Burlington, North Carolina Zoo, The Carolina Basketball Museum, Mebane Train Display
Highlights from your plan
Urban Axes Durham ©
Urban Axes Durham
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel

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