29 days in North Carolina Itinerary

29 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Blowing Rock
— 3 nights
2
Charlotte
— 4 nights
3
New Bern
— 4 nights
4
Corolla
— 3 nights
5
Ocracoke
— 1 night
6
Wilmington
— 4 nights
7
Highlands
— 2 nights
8
Cherokee
— 2 nights
9
Asheville
— 5 nights

3
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock ©
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Get some cultural insight at Flat Top Manor and Hickory Museum of Art. Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Grandfather Mountain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blowing Rock: McGalliard Falls Park (in Valdese), Rough Ridge Lookout (in Linville) and Linville Falls (in Linville Falls). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with Vx3 Trail Rides, walk around Grandfather Mountain State Park, admire the majestic nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, and look for gifts at Mountain Dog.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock itinerary planner.

Asheville to Blowing Rock is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. While traveling from Asheville, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Blowing Rock, ranging from highs of 45°F to lows of 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Linville, Hickory Museum of Art, Mountain Dog, McGalliard Falls Park, Grandfather Mountain State Park
Highlights from your plan
Flat Top Manor ©
Flat Top Manor
Zipline
Julian Price Memorial Park ©
Julian Price Memorial Park

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Carolinas Aviation Museum and Mint Museum Uptown. Do some cultural sightseeing at North Carolina Transportation Museum and Levine Museum of the New South. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Charlotte: Reynolda House Museum of American Art (in Winston Salem), JOLO Winery & Vineyards (in Pilot Mountain) and Dennis Vineyards Winery (in Albemarle). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Stone Mountain State Park, make a splash at Great Wolf Lodge Water Park, get some fabulous bargains at Concord Mills, and see the interesting displays at Hendrick Motorsports Complex.

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Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Charlotte takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Blowing Rock in February; daily highs in Charlotte reach 57°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to New Bern.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Nightlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Concord, Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, North Carolina Transportation Museum, JOLO Winery & Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
North Carolina Transportation Museum ©
North Carolina Transportation Museum
Stone Mountain State Park ©
Stone Mountain State Park
Reynolda House Museum of American Art ©
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

4
nights
New Bern

New Bern ©
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse and Barker House. Visiting Sylvan Heights Bird Park and Cape Lookout National Seashore will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting New Bern side-trips: Historic Edenton State Historic Site (in Edenton), Aurora Fossil Museum (in Aurora) and Hammocks Beach State Park (in Swansboro). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Mitchell Hardware, view the masterpieces at Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery, examine the collection at New Bern Fireman's Museum, and test your team's savvy at Bear Towne Escape Room.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the New Bern trip builder tool.

You can fly from Charlotte to New Bern in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February in New Bern, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in New Bern

Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Edenton, Aurora Fossil Museum, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Hammocks Beach State Park, Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Highlights from your plan
Sylvan Heights Bird Park ©
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Hammocks Beach State Park ©
Hammocks Beach State Park

3
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Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Appreciate the collections at Whalehead Club and Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Currituck Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from Corolla to Carova to see Carova Beach about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, see Off-Road Tours, add some fun to your beach time Water Sports, and trek along Currituck Banks Reserve.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read our Corolla online vacation maker.

Drive from New Bern to Corolla in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from New Bern in February, you will find days in Corolla are slightly colder (53°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education ©
Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education

1
night
Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, and then stroll the grounds of British Cemetery.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ocracoke trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Corolla to Ocracoke in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Corolla in March since evenings lows in Ocracoke dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Springers Point ©
Springers Point
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery

4
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Get some historical perspective at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and Fort Fisher State Historic Site. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport and Downtown Wilmington. Get out of town with these interesting Wilmington side-trips: Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (in Surf City), Holden Beach (in Holden Beach) and Museum of Coastal Carolina (in Ocean Isle Beach). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Oak Island Beach, look for gifts at Haag and Sons Seafood, admire the majestic nature at Carolina Beach State Park, and admire the striking features of Bellamy Mansion.

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

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Wilmington in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ocracoke in March: highs in Wilmington hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Highlands.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kure Beach, Oak Island, Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, Carolina Beach State Park
Highlights from your plan

2
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Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 7th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, then admire the sheer force of Whitewater Falls, and then admire the majestic nature at Gorges State Park. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Glen Falls, hit the slopes at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center, and then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Highlands planning app.

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Highlands takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In March, Highlands is little chillier than Wilmington - with highs of 59°F and lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sapphire, Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center, Whiteside Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Gorges State Park ©
Gorges State Park
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

2
nights
Cherokee

Cherokee ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., take in the dramatic scenery at Soco Falls, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Mingus Mill, take in the exciting artwork at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, and then identify plant and animal life at Cataloochee Valley.

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Getting from Highlands to Cherokee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Maggie Valley
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum
Mingus Mill ©
Mingus Mill
Soco Falls ©
Soco Falls

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nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lexington Glassworks and New Morning Gallery. Visiting Pisgah National Forest and Zipline will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Blue Spiral 1, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Asheville road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Zipline, Pisgah National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Lexington Glassworks ©
Lexington Glassworks
Zipline
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest

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