60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + Drive:  5​h
1
Kill Devil Hills
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Ocracoke
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Beaufort
— 7 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Wilmington
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Raleigh
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Charlotte
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Blowing Rock
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Asheville
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Bryson City
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
End: New York City

5
nights
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wright Brothers National Memorial and Bodie Island Lighthouse. Appreciate the collections at The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery and Whalehead Club. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kill Devil Hills: Manteo (Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge & North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island), Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge (in Rodanthe) and Corolla (Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, Nature & Wildlife Tours, & more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, explore and take pictures at Island Farm, and take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kill Devil Hills online trip planner .

New York City to Kill Devil Hills is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Kill Devil Hills can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Corolla, Nags Head, Manteo, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan

6
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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Blue Pelican Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ocracoke Preservation Museum and Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ocracoke: Frisco (Frisco Native American Museum & Frisco Beach), Hatteras Island Ocean Center (in Hatteras) and Belhaven Museum (in Belhaven). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, kick back and relax at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, and stroll through Ocracoke Beach Fires.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Ocracoke journey planning tool .

You can drive from Kill Devil Hills to Ocracoke in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatteras Island, Frisco, Belhaven Museum, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Hatteras Island Ocean Center
Highlights from your plan
Springers Point ©
Springers Point
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Ocracoke Preservation Museum ©
Ocracoke Preservation Museum

7
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Museum-lovers will get to explore North Carolina Maritime Museum and Foscue Plantation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Aurora Fossil Museum. Explore Beaufort's surroundings by going to Pamlico County History Museum (in Grantsboro), New Bern (New Bern Fireman's Museum, North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, & more) and Harkers Island (Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center & Cape Lookout National Seashore). And it doesn't end there: get around town with Island Express Ferry Service, make a trip to Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, and look for all kinds of wild species at Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Beaufort trip planner.

You can drive from Ocracoke to Beaufort in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

New Bern, Harkers Island, Pine Knoll Shores, Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary, Aurora Fossil Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Foscue Plantation ©
Foscue Plantation
Aurora Fossil Museum ©
Aurora Fossil Museum

7
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Battleship North Carolina and Expo 216. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Noni Bacca Winery and Airlie Gardens. Explore Wilmington's surroundings by going to Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (in Surf City), North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Southport (Fort Johnston - Southport Museum & Visitors Center, North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Cape Fear Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Battle House, get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville, and explore the galleries of Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilmington trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Beaufort to Wilmington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Southport, Kure Beach, Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
Highlights from your plan
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Expo 216 ©
Expo 216

7
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
You'll explore and learn at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Airborne and Special Operations Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at North Carolina Museum of Art and International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Explore Raleigh's surroundings by going to Conservators Center (in Burlington), Sylvan Heights Bird Park (in Scotland Neck) and Durham (Duke University Chapel, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at North Carolina Museum of History, get curious at Greensboro Science Center, view the masterpieces at Artspace, and identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Raleigh tour planner .

Drive from Wilmington to Raleigh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Durham, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Conservators Center, Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Sylvan Heights Bird Park ©
Sylvan Heights Bird Park

7
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.
NASCAR Hall of Fame and Discovery Place Science are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Levine Museum of the New South and ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Broad River Greenway (in Boiling Springs), The Rumor Mill Market (in Davidson) and The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Escape Kings, see the interesting displays at Gaston County Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Carolina Raptor Center, and take in the exciting artwork at Foundation For The Carolinas.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Charlotte trip site .

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Charlotte takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. July in Charlotte sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Huntersville, Winston Salem, The Lazy 5 Ranch, The Rumor Mill Market, Broad River Greenway
Highlights from your plan
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Gaston County Museum ©
Gaston County Museum
Broad River Greenway ©
Broad River Greenway

7
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock ©
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Museum-lovers will get to explore Crossnore Weavers and Gallery and Bolick and Traditions Pottery. Get some cultural insight at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blowing Rock: Copper Barrel Distillery (in North Wilkesboro), Mount Airy (The Mount Airy Visitors Center, The Andy Griffith Museum, & more) and The Buckeye Recreational Center (in Beech Mountain). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, stroll around The Valle Crucis Community Park, contemplate the long history of Flat Top Manor, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Blowing Rock trip planner.

Drive from Charlotte to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Charlotte in July, with highs in Blowing Rock at 78°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Airy, Boone, Banner Elk, Grandfather Mountain, The Buckeye Recreational Center
Highlights from your plan
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
Crossnore Weavers and Gallery ©
Crossnore Weavers and Gallery
Mount Airy Museum of Regional History ©

7
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll explore and learn at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum and Grovewood Village. New Morning Gallery and Lexington Glassworks are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Zipline (in Lake Lure) and Cradle of Forestry (in Pisgah Forest). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at DuPont State Recreational Forest, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Parkway, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip builder app .

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Blowing Rock in August: highs in Asheville hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Cradle of Forestry, Zipline, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
New Morning Gallery ©
New Morning Gallery

6
nights
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of the Cherokee Indian and Mountain Farm Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum and Old Jail Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bryson City: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Sylva), Highlands (Dry Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, & more) and Mingo Falls (in Cherokee). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Deep Creek, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and browse the exhibits of Oconaluftee Indian Village.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bryson City road trip site .

Getting from Asheville to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cherokee, Highlands, Deep Creek, Old Jail Museum, Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum

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