30 days in North Carolina Itinerary

30 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Highlands
— 3 nights
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
3
Asheville
— 4 nights
4
Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
5
Charlotte
— 4 nights
6
Wilmington
— 4 nights
7
Beaufort
— 3 nights
8
Nags Head
— 3 nights
9
Raleigh
— 3 nights

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Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Highlands: Whitewater Falls (in Sapphire), Devil's Courthouse (in Pisgah Forest) and Southern Highlands Reserve (in Lake Toxaway). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, stop by Cowee Gift Shop & Mason Mountain Mine, take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, and hike along Bartram Trail.

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San Francisco to Highlands is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for little chillier nights in Highlands, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Franklin, Whitewater Falls, Devil's Courthouse, Whiteside Mountain, Southern Highlands Reserve
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City), Maggie Valley (Waterrock Knob & Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum) and Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese (in Robbinsville). There's much more to do: try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, admire all the interesting features of Cherohala Skyway, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cherokee tour planning tool.

You can drive from Highlands to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Bryson City, Maggie Valley, Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese, Cherohala Skyway
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum ©
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls

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Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Bearwallow Mountain (in Hendersonville), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). There's lots more to do: cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, explore the striking landscape of Pisgah National Forest, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Bearwallow Mountain, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Pisgah National Forest, Zipline, Blue Ridge Pkwy
Highlights from your plan
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Food Tours
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

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Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. On the 22nd (Tue), ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, and then steep yourself in history at Flat Top Manor. On your second day here, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then stop by Mast General Store.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Asheville in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Blowing Rock: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grandfather Mountain, Mast General Store
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Flat Top Manor ©
Flat Top Manor

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Candy Factory (in Lexington), North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro) and Greensboro Science Center (in Greensboro). The adventure continues: get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, contemplate the long history of Old Salem Museums & Gardens, shop like a local with Piedmon Craftsmen, and identify plant and animal life at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve.

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You can drive from Blowing Rock to Charlotte in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Blowing Rock in October: high temperatures in Charlotte hover around 75°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Winston Salem, The Candy Factory, North Carolina Zoo, Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, Charlotte Motor Speedway
Highlights from your plan
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
Carowinds ©
Carowinds

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Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (in Southport), Topsail Island (in Surf City) and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Battle House Laser Tag, and wander the streets of Historic District.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Wilmington trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Charlotte to Wilmington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Charlotte in October, Wilmington is a bit warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry, Topsail Island, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Highlights from your plan
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher ©
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Room Escape Games
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

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Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Beaufort: North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace (in New Bern) and Harkers Island (Cape Lookout National Seashore & Cape Lookout Lighthouse). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at North Carolina Maritime Museum, get outside with Beaufort Paddle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, and visit Island Express Ferry Service.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Beaufort day trip planning website.

Drive from Wilmington to Beaufort in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Harkers Island, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, Fort Macon State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park
Cape Lookout Lighthouse ©
Cape Lookout Lighthouse
North Carolina Maritime Museum ©
North Carolina Maritime Museum

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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 Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC (in Salvo). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, get in on the family fun at Full Throttle Speedway, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nags Head trip builder app.

Getting from Beaufort to Nags Head by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. November in Nags Head sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Hatteras Island, Kill Devil Hills, The Monument to a Century of Flight, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Jennette's Pier ©
Jennette's Pier
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

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Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Change things up with these side-trips from Raleigh: Durham (Sarah P. Duke Gardens & Duke University Chapel), Fayetteville (Room Escape Games & Airborne and Special Operations Museum) and International Civil Rights Center & Museum (in Greensboro). Next up on the itinerary: get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, stroll around Pullen Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Conservators Center, and explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Raleigh trip maker.

You can drive from Nags Head to Raleigh in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Nags Head in November, Raleigh is slightly colder at night with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Durham, Fayetteville, International Civil Rights Center & Museum, Conservators Center, The Curious Peddler
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ©
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art

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