28 days in North Carolina Itinerary

28 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Charlotte: The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville) and Old Salem Museums & Gardens (in Winston Salem). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Carowinds, examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, have fun and explore at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, and get curious at Discovery Place Science.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Charlotte trip itinerary maker.

Exeter, UK to Charlotte is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 5 hours. In August in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

The Lazy 5 Ranch, Old Salem Museums & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Place Science ©
Discovery Place Science
Carowinds ©
Carowinds
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center ©
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

3
nights
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Get out of town with these interesting Bryson City side-trips: Wehrloom Honey (in Robbinsville), Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Dry Falls (in Highlands). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Bryson City Outdoors, take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, and see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bryson City trip planner.

Drive from Charlotte to Bryson City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Charlotte in August, things will get slightly colder in Bryson City: highs are around 32°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Cherokee, Wehrloom Honey, Carolina Outfitters, Dry Falls, Cherohala Skyway
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Bryson City Outdoors ©
Bryson City Outdoors
Cherohala Skyway ©
Cherohala Skyway

4
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Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and The Wrinkled Egg (in Flat Rock). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Biltmore, take in the dramatic scenery at Sliding Rock, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville driving holiday tool.

Drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In August in Asheville, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Zipline, Sliding Rock, Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, Blue Ridge Pkwy
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Food Tours

3
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. When in Blowing Rock, make a side trip to see Thermal Valley in Morganton, approximately Morganton away. The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll around Grandfather Mountain State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at The Valle Crucis Community Park, and immerse yourself in nature at Julian Price Memorial Park.

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Drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in August, things will get a bit cooler in Blowing Rock: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, Grandfather Mountain State Park, Grandfather Mountain, The Valle Crucis Community Park, Thermal Valley
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Julian Price Memorial Park ©
Julian Price Memorial Park
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

3
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Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Get out of town with these interesting Raleigh side-trips: Old Town Cemetery (in Hillsborough), Conservators Center (in Burlington) and Durham (Duke University Chapel, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, &more). There's still lots to do: trek along Neuse River Trail, admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and walk around Pullen Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Raleigh trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Raleigh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In August, Raleigh is a bit warmer than Blowing Rock - with highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Durham, Old Town Cemetery, Conservators Center
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Neuse River Trail ©
Neuse River Trail
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ©

4
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wilmington: Walton's Distillery (in Jacksonville), North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Surf City (Topsail Island Trading Company & Topsail Island). And it doesn't end there: step aboard Battleship North Carolina, wander the streets of Historic District, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Camp, and take in the waterfront at Crystal Pier.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Wilmington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Wrightsville Beach, Surf City, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Walton's Distillery, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Highlights from your plan
Walton's Distillery ©
Walton's Distillery
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Sea Turtle Camp ©
Sea Turtle Camp

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nights
Nags Head

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nags Head: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton), Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe) and Corolla (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Off-Road Tours, &more). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for gifts at Mom's Sweet Shop, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nags Head trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Nags Head takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Wilmington in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nags Head: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Corolla, Kill Devil Hills, Duck, Manteo, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Off-Road Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

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