60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Corolla
— 3 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 6 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 7 nights
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Ocracoke
— 3 nights
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Harkers Island
— 1 night
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Wilmington
— 7 nights
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Charlotte
— 7 nights
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Highlands
— 5 nights
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Bryson City
— 6 nights
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Asheville
— 8 nights
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Mount Airy
— 6 nights
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Corolla — 3 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carova Beach and Currituck Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Back Country Safari Tours and Parasailing & Paragliding. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, look for all kinds of wild species at Currituck Banks Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Greenleaf Gallery, and stroll through Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Corolla tour planner.

Washington to Corolla is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Corolla, with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manteo.
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Manteo, Roanoke Island — 6 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bodie Island Lighthouse and Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Buffalo City Exhibit are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rodanthe (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: stroll through Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, stop by Kitty Hawk Kites - Nags Head, steep yourself in history at Island Farm, and take in the waterfront at Nags Head Fishing Pier.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Manteo online route planner.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Manteo are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hatteras Island.
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Hatteras Island — 7 nights

Discover out-of-the-way places like Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Miss Hatteras. You'll get in some beach time at Canadian Hole and Shelley Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Kill Devil Hills (Nags Head Woods Preserve & Wright Brothers National Memorial), Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe) and Kitty Hawk (Ghost Crab Quest & Monument to a Century of Flight).

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hatteras Island holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Manteo to Hatteras Island takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Ocracoke.
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Ocracoke — 3 nights

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 British Cemetery and Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach and Rachel Carson Reserve. Step out of Ocracoke to go to Beaufort and see Crystal Coast Lady Cruises, which is approximately 3h 30 min away. It doesn't end there: stroll through Springers Point and get great views at Outer Banks National Scenic Byway.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Ocracoke holiday maker app.

Traveling by ferry from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Ocracoke can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Harkers Island.
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Harkers Island — 1 night

Harkers Island is a census-designated place (CDP) in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Shackleford Banks and then stroll through Cape Lookout National Seashore.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Harkers Island online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ocracoke to Harkers Island takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 7 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bellamy Mansion and Noni Bacca Winery. Get in touch with nature at Holden Beach and Hammocks Beach State Park. Explore Wilmington's surroundings by going to Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island), Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (in Kure Beach) and Spas (in Surf City). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington, examine the collection at Wilmington Railroad Museum, learn about winemaking at Duplin Winery, and learn about all things military at Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Wilmington road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Harkers Island to Wilmington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Wilmington are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Charlotte.
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Charlotte — 7 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hendrick Motorsports Complex and Greensboro History Museum. Visiting Carolina Raptor Center and Crowders Mountain State Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Charlotte side-trips: Winston Salem (Reynolda House Museum of American Art & Salem God's Acre Cemetery), Tanglewood Park (in Clemmons) and South Mountains State Park (in Connelly Springs). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Levine Museum of the New South, hike along Little Sugar Creek Greenway, indulge your thirst for a good beer at NoDa Brewing Company, and get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

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Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can fly to Highlands.
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Highlands — 5 nights

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Step out of the city life by going to Dry Falls and Glen Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Whiteside Mountain and Cullasaja River Gorge. Get out of town with these interesting Highlands side-trips: Sapphire (Whitewater Falls & Gorges State Park) and Ruby City Gems & Minerals (in Franklin). There's lots more to do: stroll through Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, admire the sheer force of Cullasaja Falls, and trek along Highland Excursion.

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Traveling by flight from Charlotte to Highlands takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in June; daily highs in Highlands reach 81°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bryson City.
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Bryson City — 6 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Get some cultural insight at Mountain Farm Museum and The Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians at Bryson City. Escape the urban bustle at Cherohala Skyway and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to Murphy (Murphy River Walk & Fire Creek Falls) and Carolina Outfitters (in Topton). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, take an in-depth tour of Swain County Heritage Museum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mountain Layers Brewing Company.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bryson City trip builder app.

Getting from Highlands to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June in Bryson City, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.
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Asheville — 8 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cradle of Forestry and Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pisgah National Forest and Waterrock Knob. Venture out of the city with trips to Cataloochee Valley (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park), Moore Cove Falls (in Pisgah Forest) and Soco Falls (in Maggie Valley). Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, trek along Max Patch, pause for some photo ops at Thomas Wolfe Memorial, and take in the exciting artwork at Grovewood Village.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Asheville trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mount Airy.
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Mount Airy — 6 nights

Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Andy Griffith Museum and Downtown Mt. Airy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shelton Vineyards and Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mount Airy: Hanging Rock State Park (in Danbury), The Cascades Trail (in Boone) and Flat Top Manor (in Blowing Rock). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Stone Mountain State Park, make a trip to Mayberry Replica Courthouse, stop by Bear Creek Gifts And Bear Creek Fudge Factory, and do a tasting at JOLO Winery & Vineyards.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Mount Airy trip planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Mount Airy in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Mount Airy are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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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.
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