60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Charlotte
1
Charlotte
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Blowing Rock
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Asheville
— 9 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Cherokee
— 5 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
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Raleigh
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h
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.
Explore Charlotte's surroundings by going to Beatty's Ford Park (in Denver), Mount Airy (Mount Airy Museum of Regional History & The Andy Griffith Museum) and The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, walk around Freedom Park, and get in on the family fun at Carowinds.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Charlotte day trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Charlotte. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Winston Salem, Concord, Mount Airy, Beatty's Ford Park, Morrow 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blowing Rock: Linville (Rough Ridge Lookout, Hawksbill Mountain Trail, &more), Morganton (Thermal Valley, Catawba River Greenway, &more) and Rio Doce Gem Mine (in Spruce Pine). And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, immerse yourself in nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, walk around Memorial Park, and go deep underground at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Blowing Rock online journey builder.

Getting from Charlotte to Blowing Rock by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: 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 your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Linville, Hickory, Morganton, Lenoir, Grandfather Mountain State Park
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Vx3 Trail Rides ©
Vx3 Trail Rides
Memorial Park ©
Memorial Park

9
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Hendersonville (Bearwallow Mountain, Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, &more), Sweet Betsy Farm (in Marion) and Lake Lure (Zipline & Lake Lure Flowering Bridge). And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at Biltmore, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, see the interesting displays at The Folk Art Center, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Asheville trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Blowing Rock in May, plan for somewhat 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 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hendersonville, Pisgah Forest, Lake Lure, Polk county history museum, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Food Tours
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

5
nights
Cherokee

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: Maggie Valley (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum & Soco Falls), Max Patch (in Hot Springs) and Santeetlah Lake (in Robbinsville). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet, stroll around Oconaluftee Islands Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Waterrock Knob.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cherokee route planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Cherokee, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Highlands.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, North Carolina Mountains, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bryson City, Carolina Outfitters
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum ©
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls

5
nights
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Highlands: Southern Highlands Reserve (in Lake Toxaway), Franklin (Old Cardinal Gem Mine, Lazy Hiker Brewing Company, &more) and Sapphire (Horsepasture River and Nature Trails, Gorges State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, hike along Devil's Courthouse, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Glenville, and look for gifts at A Jones Company.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Highlands trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Cherokee to Highlands in 1.5 hours. In May in Highlands, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Franklin, Sapphire, Cashiers, Pisgah Forest, Southern Highlands Reserve
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Wilmington side-trips: Oak Island (The Point & Oak Island Beach), Southport (Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Federal Point History Center (in Carolina Beach). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Battle House Laser Tag, wander the streets of Historic District, take in nature's colorful creations at New Hanover County Arboretum, and contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip itinerary planning site.

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. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Highlands in June: high temperatures in Wilmington hover around 88°F and lows are around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Harkers Island (Cape Lookout National Seashore, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, &more), The Point (in Emerald Isle) and New Bern (Mitchell Hardware, North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Island Express Ferry Service, get outside with Beaufort Paddle, identify plant and animal life at Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Beaufort trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Wilmington to Beaufort in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Wilmington, expect a bit cooler 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 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Harkers Island, New Bern, Fort Macon State Park, The Point, Pine Cliffs Recreation Area - Neusiok Trail
Highlights from your plan
Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Beaufort Paddle ©
Beaufort Paddle

5
nights
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hatteras Island: Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church (in Kitty Hawk), Wright Brothers National Memorial (in Kill Devil Hills) and Nags Head (Dowdy Park, Jockey's Ridge State Park, &more).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hatteras Island trip builder tool.

You can drive from Beaufort to Hatteras Island in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Hatteras Island can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nags Head, Manteo, Ocracoke, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

4
nights
Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Venture out of the city with trips to Carova Beach (in Carova) and Flippers Arcade & Variety Store (in Grandy). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, tee off at The Grass Course, identify plant and animal life at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Historic Corolla Chapel.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Corolla trip app.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Corolla in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Duck, Carova Beach, Flippers Arcade & Variety Store
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 Uwharrie Crystalline (in Seagrove), Durham (Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke University Chapel, &more) and Chapel Hill (FRANK Gallery, University of North Carolina, &more). The adventure continues: stroll through Neuse River Trail, identify plant and animal life at Conservators Center, stroll around Pullen Park, and engage your brain at Marbles Kids Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Raleigh trip maker tool.

You can drive from Corolla to Raleigh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. In June, daytime highs in Raleigh are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Durham, Greensboro, Chapel Hill, Apex, Asheboro
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Neuse River Trail ©
Neuse River Trail
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens

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