60 days in North Carolina, South Carolina & California Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina, South Carolina & California Itinerary

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Raleigh
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Wilmington
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Myrtle Beach
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Charleston
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Beaufort
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Hilton Head
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Charlotte
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Greenville
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Asheville
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Los Angeles
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Santa Barbara
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San Francisco
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Monterey
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San Diego
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Raleigh — 3 nights

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Boxcar Bar + Arcade as well as Regal North Hills Stadium 14. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like International Civil Rights Center & Museum and Marbles Kids Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lafayette Village and Tanger Outlets Mebane. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Raleigh: Tobacco Road Golf Club (in Sanford), Tap Hopper Tours (in Greensboro) and Pinehurst Course Number 2 (in Pinehurst). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Umstead State Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and relax in the rural setting at Fearrington Village.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Raleigh day trip planning app.

New York City to Raleigh is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in January, expect Raleigh to be somewhat warmer, temps between 50°F and 31°F. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wilmington.
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Fun & Games · Nightlife · Golf · Outdoors
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Wilmington — 1 night

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, then take an in-depth tour of Cape Fear Museum, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally stop by Historic District.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Wilmington trip planning site.

You can drive from Raleigh to Wilmington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Raleigh in January: highs in Wilmington hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Myrtle Beach.
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Myrtle Beach — 4 nights

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Museum-lovers will appreciate Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum and Hollywood Wax Museum. Visit Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church and St. Andrews Catholic Church for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Myrtle Beach: SC-CARES - SC Coastal Animal Rescue & Educational Sanctuary (in Georgetown), Fishing Charters & Tours (in Pawleys Island) and Litchfield Beach (in Litchfield Beach). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Broadway at the Beach, take in the waterfront at Apache Pier, immerse yourself in nature at Myrtle Beach State Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Myrtle Beach trip planner.

You can drive from Wilmington to Myrtle Beach in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Myrtle Beach sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Charleston.
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Charleston — 6 nights

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nathaniel Russell House and Charleston County Courthouse. Take a break from the city and head to Folly Beach Public Beach and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Charleston road trip website.

You can drive from Myrtle Beach to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 40°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Mon) before leaving for Beaufort.
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Beaufort — 3 nights

Beaufort is a city in and the county seat of Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. Get in touch with nature at Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get some cultural insight at The Point and Beaufort History Museum. Take a break from Beaufort with a short trip to Carolina Cider Company in Yemassee, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: walk around Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, don't miss a visit to Bay Street, and steep yourself in history at Old Sheldon Church Ruins.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Beaufort itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Charleston to Beaufort in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in January, and nighttime lows around 41°F. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hilton Head.
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Hilton Head — 3 nights

A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Get some historical perspective at The Church of the Cross and St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Coastal Discovery Museum and Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center. The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coligny Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hilton Head travel planning website.

Drive from Beaufort to Hilton Head in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Hilton Head sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 42°F at night. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Charlotte.
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Charlotte — 3 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Carolinas Aviation Museum and Hendrick Motorsports Complex. And it doesn't end there: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, stroll around Freedom Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and bet on your favorite at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Charlotte trip planner.

You can fly from Hilton Head to Charlotte in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Hilton Head in January, with highs in Charlotte at 52°F and lows at 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Greenville.
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Greenville — 2 nights

The largest city in "upstate" South Carolina, Greenville has grown around the natural wonders of waterfalls located in the downtown area.
On the 25th (Thu), take in the views from Liberty Bridge, then admire the sheer force of Falls Park on the Reedy, and then admire the masterpieces at Greenville County Museum of Art. On the next day, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Conestee Nature Park.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Greenville trip maker tool.

Drive from Charlotte to Greenville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 34°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Asheville.
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Asheville — 5 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Brian Boggs and Lexington Glassworks. Get a sense of the local culture at World Methodist Museum and Thomas Wolfe Memorial. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Max Patch (in Hot Springs) and Mount LeConte (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). The adventure continues: get the lay of the land with BREW-ed, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, head outdoors with Brookside Guides, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Asheville online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Greenville to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Greenville in January: high temperatures in Asheville hover around 47°F and lows are around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 7 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get in touch with nature at Santa Monica State Beach and Topanga State Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Annenberg Community Beach House (in Santa Monica). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Montana Avenue, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip website.

Getting from Asheville to Los Angeles by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Asheville in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 70°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 5 nights

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Visiting State Street Underpass and Monarch Butterfly Grove will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Carpinteria State Beach and Mandalay State Beach. Step out of Santa Barbara with an excursion to The Luffa Farm in Nipomo--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Douglas Family Preserve, and pick up some new knowledge with Santa Barbara Art Glass.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 44°F in Santa Barbara. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Mon) before leaving for San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 7 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Point Reyes Safaris. Step out of San Francisco to go to Napa and see Wine Tours & Tastings, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, visit Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through North Beach, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip builder website.

You can fly from Santa Barbara to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in February, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Monterey.
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Monterey — 3 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Visiting Point Lobos and 17-Mile Drive will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. It doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel and look for gifts at AiX.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monterey trip site.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In February in Monterey, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 45°F at night. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Diego.
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San Diego — 7 nights

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Center. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, examine the collection at Mingei International Museum, and stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Monterey to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Monterey in February, with lows around 53°F. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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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.
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South Carolina travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens · Beaches
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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