60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Norfolk International Airport, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 5 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hatteras Island
— 5 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 6 nights
Drive
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Raleigh
— 6 nights
Drive
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Greensboro
— 5 nights
Drive
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Blowing Rock
— 6 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 8 nights
Drive
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Cherokee
— 6 nights
Fly
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Charlotte
— 6 nights
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Corolla

— 5 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Corolla is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Off-Road Tours, steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, kick back and relax at Currituck Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Corolla road trip planner.

Accra, Ghana to Corolla is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Accra in October, expect nights in Corolla to be much colder, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 5 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Take a break from Manteo with a short trip to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rodanthe, about 30 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, step aboard Roanoke Island Festival Park, visit a coastal fixture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, and take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier.

To see reviews and tourist information, use the Manteo trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Corolla to Manteo in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 5 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hatteras Island: Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe), Kill Devil Hills (Nags Head Woods Preserve & Wright Brothers National Memorial) and Ocracoke Lighthouse (in Ocracoke). Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hatteras Island journey planner.

Getting from Manteo to Hatteras Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 6 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Get out of town with these interesting Wilmington side-trips: Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (in Southport), North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island). There's still lots to do: take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, walk around Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and take a stroll through Historic District.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Wilmington trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Hatteras Island to Wilmington takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Wilmington when traveling from Hatteras Island in November, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 6 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Venture out of the city with trips to Durham (Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, &more), Bass Lake Park (in Holly Springs) and Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville). There's still lots to do: hike along Neuse River Trail, see the interesting displays at North Carolina Museum of History, learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and stroll around Pullen Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Raleigh road trip planning site.

You can drive from Wilmington to Raleigh in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, Raleigh is little chillier than Wilmington - with highs of 19°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Greensboro

— 5 nights
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Explore Greensboro's surroundings by going to Winston Salem (Ghost & Vampire Tours & Old Salem Museums & Gardens), Pilot Mountain State Park (in Pinnacle) and North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro). The adventure continues: get curious at Greensboro Science Center, don't miss a visit to Mayberry Replica Courthouse, take a stroll through Downtown Mt. Airy, and stroll through Conservators Center.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Greensboro trip site.

Getting from Raleigh to Greensboro by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 6 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Get out of town with these interesting Blowing Rock side-trips: Linville (Wiseman's View Scenic Overlook, Hawksbill Mountain Trail, &more), Linville Falls (in Linville Falls) and Otter Falls (in Seven Devils). There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, hike along Bass Lake, and catch some excitement at Tweetsie Railroad.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock driving holiday planner.

Getting from Greensboro to Blowing Rock by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Greensboro in November, with highs in Blowing Rock at 13°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Asheville

— 8 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Hendersonville (Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard & Elijah Mountain Gem Mine). Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Pkwy, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Asheville tour site.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in December, expect nights in Asheville to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 6 nights

Trails of Legends and Adventures

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cherokee: Maggie Valley (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum & Waterrock Knob), River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City) and Santeetlah Lake (in Robbinsville). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Max Patch, take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, and see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cherokee trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. December in Cherokee sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Charlotte.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 6 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.
Explore Charlotte's surroundings by going to Fort Dobbs (in Statesville), Wise Acres Organic Strawberry Farm (in Indian Trail) and The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Carowinds, get curious at Carolina Raptor Center, see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, and join the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Charlotte trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Cherokee to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cherokee in December since evenings lows in Charlotte dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks · Museums · Trails · Wildlife

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.