60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Charlotte
Drive:  3 h
1
Raleigh
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Corolla
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Hatteras Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Ocracoke
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Beaufort
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Surf City, Topsail Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Oak Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
9
Wilmington
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 45 min
10
Bryson City
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
11
Asheville
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
12
Boone
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
13
Charlotte
— 6 nights
End: Charlotte

5
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at North Carolina Museum of Art and Duke University Chapel. Change things up with these side-trips from Raleigh: University of North Carolina (in Chapel Hill), Durham (Duke Lemur Center, Durham Distillery, &more) and Greensboro (J. Douglas Galyon Depot, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, &more). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, look for all kinds of wild species at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at North Carolina Zoo, and admire the majestic nature at Umstead State Park.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Raleigh travel route planner.

Charlotte to Raleigh is an approximately 3- hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Raleigh can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Durham, Greensboro, North Carolina Zoo, University of North Carolina, Conservators Center
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens

4
nights
Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Step off the beaten path and head to Whalehead Club and Currituck Beach. Step out of Corolla with an excursion to Carova Beach in Carova--about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, take a memorable tour with Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Corolla day trip website.

Drive from Raleigh to Corolla in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Bodie Island Lighthouse. Take a break from Manteo with a short trip to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rodanthe, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Jockey's Ridge State Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, and take in the waterfront at Nags Head Fishing Pier.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Manteo day trip site.

Getting from Corolla to Manteo by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nags Head, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site ©
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

4
nights
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
Explore hidden gems such as Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Change things up with these side-trips from Hatteras Island: Kill Devil Hills (OBX Art Studio, Wright Brothers National Memorial, &more), The Monument to a Century of Flight (in Kitty Hawk) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe).

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hatteras Island planner.

Traveling by car from Manteo to Hatteras Island takes 1.5 hours. May in Hatteras Island sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, H2OBX Waterpark, The Monument to a Century of Flight, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras National Seashore ©
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

3
nights
Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. Explore hidden gems such as British Cemetery and Ocracoke Preservation Museum. Change things up with a short trip to River Forest Manor & Marina in Belhaven (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocracoke Beach, go for a stroll along the water at Anchorage Marina, identify plant and animal life at Ocracoke Pony Pens, and hike along Hammock Hills Nature Trails.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ocracoke visit planner.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

River Forest Manor & Marina
Highlights from your plan
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery
Ocracoke Preservation Museum ©
Ocracoke Preservation Museum

4
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fort Macon State Park and Rachel Carson Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Beaufort: Harkers Island (Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, &more), Swansboro (Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC & Hammocks Beach State Park) and Emerald Isle (The Point & Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, do a tasting at Lake Road Winery LLC, and step off the mainland to explore Shackleford Banks.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Beaufort road trip app.

Getting from Ocracoke to Beaufort by car takes about 3.5 hours. May in Beaufort sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Surf City.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Harkers Island, New Bern, Atlantic Beach, Swansboro, Emerald Isle
Highlights from your plan
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park
Boat Tours & Water Sports

3
nights
Surf City, Topsail Island

Surf City ©
Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Topsail Island and Soundside Park. Step out of Surf City to go to Emerald Isle and see Emerald Isle Boat Ramp, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, take in the exciting artwork at Seacoast Art Gallery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Salty Turtle Beer Co.., and pause for some serene contemplation at The Gathering Church.

Discover how to plan a Surf City trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Beaufort to Surf City takes 2 hours. May in Surf City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Oak Island.

Things to do in Surf City

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Topsail Beach, Emerald Isle Boat Ramp
Highlights from your plan
Topsail Island ©
Topsail Island
Surf City Pier ©
Surf City Pier

3
nights
Oak Island

Oak Island ©
Oak Island is a seaside town located mostly on the barrier island of Oak Island (which also contains the town of Caswell Beach), in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Oak Island Beach and Haag and Sons Seafood. Change things up with these side-trips from Oak Island: Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum (in Bald Head Island), Holden Beach (in Holden Beach) and Ocean Isle Beach (Museum of Coastal Carolina & Silver Coast Winery). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Ocean Crest Pier, visit a coastal fixture at Oak Island Lighthouse, see the interesting displays at North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, and stroll around Sunset Beach Waterfront Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Oak Island trip planning app.

You can drive from Surf City to Oak Island in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Oak Island can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Oak Island

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Southport, Ocean Isle Beach, Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum, Sunset Beach Waterfront Park, Holden Beach
Highlights from your plan
North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport ©
North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport
Ocean Crest Pier ©
Ocean Crest Pier
Oak Island Lighthouse ©
Oak Island Lighthouse

6
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Battleship North Carolina and Bellamy Mansion. Change things up with these side-trips from Wilmington: Kure Beach (Fort Fisher State Recreation Area & North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher), Calabash (Callahan's of Calabash & Tropical Adventure Mini Golf) and Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (in Southport). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, get your game on at Battle House Laser Tag, and enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Wilmington trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Oak Island to Wilmington in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Wilmington are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bryson City.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kure Beach, Calabash, Jacksonville, Carolina Beach, Duplin Winery
Highlights from your plan
Battle House Laser Tag ©
Battle House Laser Tag
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens

5
nights
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Cherohala Skyway. Change things up with these side-trips from Bryson City: Murphy (Fields of the Wood & Cherokee Cellars Winery), Franklin (Wayah Bald Lookout Tower, Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine, &more) and Carolina Outfitters (in Topton). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum, and examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bryson City trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Wilmington to Bryson City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Wilmington in June, things will get little chillier in Bryson City: highs are around 81°F and lows about 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cherokee, Franklin, Murphy, Highlands, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Cherohala Skyway ©
Cherohala Skyway

7
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The North Carolina Arboretum and Craggy Gardens. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Hendersonville (Elijah Mountain Gem Mine & Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Lake Lure (Bald Mountain Golf Course, Zipline, &more). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Biltmore, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, contemplate the long history of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, and take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Asheville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Boone.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Lure, Hendersonville, Maggie Valley, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum
Food Tours

6
nights
Boone

Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Foggy Mountain Gem Mine and Grandfather Mountain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Boone: Stone Mountain State Park (in Roaring Gap), Shelton Vineyards (in Dobson) and Yadkin River Greenway (in North Wilkesboro). There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain State Park, stroll through Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Linville Falls.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Boone road trip site.

Drive from Asheville to Boone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Asheville in June; daily highs in Boone reach 77°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Boone

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Ronda, Linville Falls, Valle Crucis
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine ©
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like NASCAR Hall of Fame and Floyd's City Barbershop. Explore Charlotte's surroundings by going to JOLO Winery & Vineyards (in Pilot Mountain), Mayberry Replica Courthouse (in Mount Airy) and The Pit Indoor Kart Racing (in Mooresville). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hendrick Motorsports Complex, test your problem-solving skills at Escape Kings, find something for the whole family at Carowinds, and get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Charlotte road trip app.

Traveling by car from Boone to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Boone in June, things will get a bit warmer in Charlotte: highs are around 88°F and lows about 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Huntersville, Mount Airy, Winston Salem, Concord, Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Hendrick Motorsports Complex ©
Hendrick Motorsports Complex

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