60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 2 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 5 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
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Beaufort
— 4 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 7 nights
Drive
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Raleigh
— 7 nights
Drive
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Winston Salem
— 5 nights
Drive
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Blowing Rock
— 5 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 10 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 5 nights
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Charlotte
— 7 nights
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Corolla

— 2 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Popular historic sites such as Historic Corolla Chapel and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Back Country Safari Tours and Currituck Beach. Take a break from Corolla with a short trip to Carova Beach in Carova, about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, hike along Currituck Banks Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at Corolla Yoga, and see the interesting displays at Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Corolla trip planner.

New York City to Corolla is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from New York City in December, you will find days in Corolla are somewhat warmer (56°F), and nights are about the same (40°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 5 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Let the collections at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Buffalo City Exhibit capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and Roanoke Island Festival Park. Step out of Manteo to go to Rodanthe and see Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, shop like a local with Seaside Art Gallery, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, and steep yourself in history at Island Farm.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Manteo trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Corolla to Manteo in 1.5 hours. December in Manteo sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 2 nights
On the 23rd (Wed), kick back and relax at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at Aloha Yoga Susan, examine the collection at Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Blue Pelican Gallery, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and finally stop by Lee Robinson's General Store.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hatteras Island road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Manteo to Hatteras Island in 1.5 hours. In December in Hatteras Island, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Beaufort.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Beaufort

— 4 nights
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace and Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to North Carolina Maritime Museum and Fort Macon State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Beaufort: Harkers Island (Cape Lookout National Seashore & Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center), Hammocks Beach State Park (in Swansboro) and Aurora Fossil Museum (in Aurora). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Shackleford Banks, delve into the lush surroundings at Croatan National Forest, identify plant and animal life at Rachel Carson Reserve, and view the masterpieces at Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Beaufort tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Beaufort in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In December in Beaufort, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Beaufort

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 7 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Get some cultural insight at Airlie Gardens and Bellamy Mansion. Explore hidden gems such as Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Cape Fear Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Southport (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Southport Pier and RIverwalk, &more), Federal Point History Center (in Carolina Beach) and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (in Kure Beach). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Wilmington Railroad Museum, wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington, explore the world behind art at Expo 216, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica Shrine of St. Mary.

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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 December in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 7 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Let the collections at North Carolina Museum of Art and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Duke University Chapel and Conservators Center. Get out of town with these interesting Raleigh side-trips: Ava Gardner Museum (in Smithfield), Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site (in Four Oaks) and Raven Rock State Park (in Lillington). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Sylvan Heights Bird Park, admire the masterpieces at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, admire the majestic nature at Umstead State Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Raleigh online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Wilmington to Raleigh by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Wilmington in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Raleigh: temperatures range from 50°F by day to 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Winston Salem.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Winston Salem

— 5 nights
Winston-Salem is a city in and the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States. Get outdoors at Tanglewood Park and Tot Hill Farm Golf Club. You'll explore and learn at International Civil Rights Center & Museum and Korner's Folly. Change things up with these side-trips from Winston Salem: North Carolina Transportation Museum (in Spencer), Denton Farm Park (in Denton) and The Andy Griffith Museum (in Mount Airy). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, explore the world behind art at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Winston-Salem, and learn about winemaking at JOLO Winery & Vineyards.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Winston Salem trip planner.

Getting from Raleigh to Winston Salem by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Winston Salem sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 30°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Winston Salem

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 5 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and Linville Gorge. Get some cultural insight at Flat Top Manor and Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. Explore Blowing Rock's surroundings by going to Mount Jefferson State Park (in Jefferson), Sugar Mountain Resort (in Banner Elk) and Saint Mary's Episcopal Church (in West Jefferson). There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, immerse yourself in nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, stroll around Grandfather Mountain State Park, and look for gifts at Mast General Store.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Blowing Rock day trip planning site.

Drive from Winston Salem to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Winston Salem in January, things will get a bit cooler in Blowing Rock: highs are around 41°F and lows about 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Asheville

— 10 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Folk Art Center and Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Take a break from the city and head to Tumblestone Tours and Transportation and Soco Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley), Sri Somesvara Temple (in Clyde) and Cataloochee Valley (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks, look for gifts at New Morning Gallery, delve into the lush surroundings at Pisgah National Forest, and take in the dramatic scenery at DuPont State Recreational Forest.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Asheville itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in January, you will find days in Asheville are a bit warmer (47°F), and nights are about the same (27°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 5 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Fields of the Wood and Mingus Mill will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Smoky Mountain Trains Museum and Murphy River Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Bryson City side-trips: Murphy (Big Ol' Fish Guiding Service, Cherokee Cellars Winery, &more), Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center (in Scaly Mountain) and Highlands (Cullasaja Falls & Dry Falls). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, see the interesting displays at Fly fishing Museum of The Southern Appalachians, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cooper Creek Trout Farm & Pond.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bryson City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Bryson City can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

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.
Let the collections at Discovery Place Science and Carolina Raptor Center capture your imagination. Visiting Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve and The Green will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Charlotte: Gastonia (The Schiele Museum of Natural History & Rankin Lake Park), Crowders Mountain State Park (in Kings Mountain) and Reed Gold Mine (in Locust). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Mint Museum Uptown, wander the streets of Fourth Ward, have fun and explore at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, and join the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Charlotte day trip site.

Drive from Bryson City to Charlotte in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bryson City in February since evenings lows in Charlotte dip to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

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.