60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina travel route maker
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Highlands
— 4 nights
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Bryson City
— 5 nights
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Asheville
— 8 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 6 nights
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Mount Airy
— 7 nights
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Charlotte
— 6 nights
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Wilmington
— 7 nights
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Raleigh
— 6 nights
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Corolla
— 4 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 6 nights
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Highlands — 4 nights

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Highlands: Franklin (Bartram Trail, Pickens Nose, &more), Eagle Fork Vineyards (in Hayesville) and Sapphire (Gorges State Park & Whitewater Falls). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, explore the striking landscape at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and view the masterpieces at The Bascom.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Highlands vacation planner.

Tampa to Highlands is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Tampa in July, expect Highlands to be little chillier, temps between 83°F and 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bryson City.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips

Bryson City — 5 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bryson City: Robbinsville (Yellow Creek Falls & Santeetlah Lake), Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Mingo Falls (in Cherokee). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, take in the dramatic scenery at Indian Creek Falls, and look for gifts at Bryson City Outdoors.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bryson City online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Highlands to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Bryson City are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Asheville.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips

Asheville — 8 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure), Hendersonville (Elijah Mountain Gem Mine & Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards) and Maggie Valley (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Waterrock Knob, &more). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, learn the secrets of beer at BREW-ed, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Asheville attractions planning site.

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Asheville are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Blowing Rock.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Blowing Rock — 6 nights

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Venture out of the city with trips to Linville Falls Winery (in Newland), Linville Falls (Linville Falls & Linville Gorge) and South Creek Winery (in Nebo). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Grandfather Mountain, learn about winemaking at Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, and admire the majestic nature at Julian Price Memorial Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Blowing Rock tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Asheville in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Blowing Rock: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mount Airy.
Parks · Wineries · Theme Parks · Fun & Games
Side Trips

Mount Airy — 7 nights

Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. Explore Mount Airy's surroundings by going to Hanging Rock State Park (in Danbury), Windsor Run Cellars (in Hamptonville) and Flint Hill Vineyards (in East Bend). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Round Peak Vineyard, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Mayberry Spirits Distillery, take an in-depth tour of Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, and make a trip to Mayberry Replica Courthouse.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mount Airy trip planner.

Drive from Blowing Rock to Mount Airy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, Mount Airy is a bit warmer than Blowing Rock - with highs of 86°F and lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Charlotte.
Wineries · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips

Charlotte — 6 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 out of town with these interesting Charlotte side-trips: Old Salem Museums & Gardens (in Winston Salem), Davidson County Historical Museum (in Lexington) and Stonefield Cellars Winery (in Stokesdale). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Carowinds, have fun and explore at Discovery Place Science, see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, and do a tasting at Cabo Winery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Charlotte day trip tool.

Drive from Mount Airy to Charlotte in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Wilmington.
Museums · Parks · Wineries · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Wilmington — 7 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Holden Beach (in Holden Beach), Southport (Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry & Southport Pier and RIverwalk) and Sacred Willow Spa (in Calabash). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Front Street Brewery, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip planner.

Getting from Charlotte to Wilmington by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Wilmington sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Raleigh.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours
Side Trips

Raleigh — 6 nights

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Raleigh: Greensboro (International Civil Rights Center & Museum & Greensboro Science Center), Old Town Cemetery (in Hillsborough) and Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts (in Pittsboro). There's still lots to do: trek along Neuse River Trail, get outside with Capital Area Greenway, deepen your understanding at Duke University, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Raleigh journey builder app.

Drive from Wilmington to Raleigh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Corolla.
Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Corolla — 4 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Go for a jaunt from Corolla to Carova to see Carova Beach about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, kick back and relax at Currituck Beach, trek along Currituck Banks Reserve, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Corolla holiday planning app.

Drive from Raleigh to Corolla in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. In August, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hatteras Island.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips

Hatteras Island — 6 nights

Venture out of the city with trips to Manteo (Outer Banks Distilling & Elizabethan Gardens), Ocracoke (Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach & British Cemetery) and Nags Head (Jockey's Ridge State Park, Jennette's Pier, &more). Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hatteras Island using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Hatteras Island takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Hatteras Island can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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History Museums · 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.