20 days in North Carolina Itinerary

20 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
2
Charlotte
— 3 nights
3
Wilmington
— 3 nights
4
Beaufort
— 2 nights
5
Durham
— 2 nights
6
Nags Head
— 3 nights
7
Bryson City
— 3 nights

2
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): trot along with Vx3 Trail Rides, then ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain and then steep yourself in history at Flat Top Manor.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock trip planner.

Charleston to Blowing Rock is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Charleston in June, things will get a bit cooler in Blowing Rock: highs are around 77°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grandfather Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Vx3 Trail Rides ©
Vx3 Trail Rides
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain

3
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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.
Charlotte is known for museums, theme parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Carowinds, get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, see the interesting displays at Discovery Place Science, and get your game on at Escape Kings.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Charlotte trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Charlotte takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Blowing Rock in June, expect Charlotte to be somewhat warmer, temps between 88°F and 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve
Highlights from your plan
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Carowinds ©
Carowinds
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library

3
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Explore Wilmington's surroundings by going to North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Topsail Island (in Surf City). The adventure continues: step aboard Battleship North Carolina, have some family-friendly fun at Battle House Laser Tag, wander the streets of Historic District, and contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington tour itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Charlotte to Wilmington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Topsail Island
Highlights from your plan
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Battle House Laser Tag ©
Battle House Laser Tag
Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens

2
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, then see the interesting displays at North Carolina Maritime Museum, then get interesting insight from Island Express Ferry Service, and finally look for gifts at Wings Beachwear. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, admire the majestic nature at Fort Macon State Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Beaufort trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Wilmington to Beaufort in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Wilmington, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Beaufort, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Durham.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks · Transportation · Outdoors

Side Trips

Atlantic Beach, Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Highlights from your plan
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park
Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service
North Carolina Maritime Museum ©
North Carolina Maritime Museum

2
nights
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, then deepen your understanding at Duke University, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with FRANK Gallery. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Museum of Life + Science and then get your game on at Urban Axes Durham.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Durham trip planner.

You can drive from Beaufort to Durham in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Beaufort in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Durham, with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Durham

Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

FRANK Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Life + Science ©
Museum of Life + Science
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Urban Axes Durham ©
Urban Axes Durham

3
nights
Nags Head

Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nags Head: Corolla (Off-Road Tours, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, stop by Super Wings, take an in-depth tour of Wright Brothers National Memorial, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nags Head trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Durham to Nags Head takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durham in June: highs in Nags Head hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Corolla, Outer Banks Distilling, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Super Wings
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial

3
nights
Bryson City

Bryson City ©
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Endless River Adventures as well as Rolling Thunder River Company. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bryson City: Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, Look Rock Tower, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, stop by Bryson City Outdoors, see the interesting displays at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Swain County Heritage Museum.

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

Drive from Nags Head to Bryson City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Nags Head in July, Bryson City is slightly colder at night with lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Carolina Outfitters, Cherohala Skyway
Highlights from your plan
Rolling Thunder River Company ©
Rolling Thunder River Company
Endless River Adventures ©
Endless River Adventures
Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking ©
Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking

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