31 days in North Carolina Itinerary

31 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Raleigh
— 4 nights
2
Linville Falls
— 3 nights
3
Asheville
— 4 nights
4
Bryson City
— 3 nights
5
Corolla
— 3 nights
6
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
7
Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
8
Ocracoke
— 1 night
9
Wilmington
— 5 nights

4
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to North Carolina Museum of Art and Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Yates Mill County Park and Greensboro History Museum. Explore Raleigh's surroundings by going to FRANK Gallery (in Chapel Hill), Sylvan Heights Bird Park (in Scotland Neck) and Durham (Bennett Place Historic Site & Duke Lemur Center). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Conservators Center, contemplate the long history of Old Town Cemetery, stop by Videri Chocolate Factory, and take in nature's colorful creations at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Raleigh attractions planner.

George, South Africa to Raleigh is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 7 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from George in July, with highs in Raleigh at 38°C and lows at 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Linville Falls.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Greensboro, Durham, Old Town Cemetery, FRANK Gallery, Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Highlights from your plan
Historic Yates Mill County Park ©
Historic Yates Mill County Park
Sylvan Heights Bird Park ©
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center

3
nights
Linville Falls

Linville Falls ©
Linville Falls is an unincorporated community at the junction of Avery, Burke, and McDowell counties in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Pisgah National Forest and Whiteside Mountain. Step off the beaten path and head to Linville Gorge and Linville Falls. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Linville Falls Winery, admire the sheer force of Bobby McLean Memorial Park, get great views at Rough Ridge Lookout, and take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Linville Falls online tour planner.

Getting from Raleigh to Linville Falls by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Linville Falls when traveling from Raleigh in July, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Linville Falls

Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Newland, Linville, Whiteside Mountain, Uptown Funk Spruce Pine, Pisgah National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest
Linville Falls Winery ©
Linville Falls Winery
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Grovewood Village and Blue Spiral 1 will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and Cataloochee Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Soco Falls (in Maggie Valley) and Hendersonville (Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards & Burntshirt Vineyards). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Thomas Wolfe Memorial, wander the streets of Asheville Drum Circle, look for gifts at Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar, and stroll the grounds of Riverside Cemetery.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville vacation planner.

You can drive from Linville Falls to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Hendersonville, Soco Falls, Cataloochee Valley, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site ©
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards ©
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

3
nights
Bryson City

Bryson City ©
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill. Step off the beaten path and head to Whitewater Falls and Gorges State Park. Take a break from Bryson City with a short trip to Carolina Outfitters in Topton, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, look for gifts at Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bryson City trip maker tool.

You can drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Bryson City can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Bryson City

Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sapphire, Mountain Farm Museum, Carolina Outfitters, Mingus Mill, Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop
Highlights from your plan
Whitewater Falls ©
Whitewater Falls
Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum
Gorges State Park ©
Gorges State Park

3
nights
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Let the collections at Whalehead Club and Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store capture your imagination. Visit Carova Beach and Currituck Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, stop by Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Corolla trip itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Bryson City to Corolla in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryson City in July, Corolla is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stop by The Christmas Shop, identify plant and animal life at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, then steep yourself in history at Island Farm, and then identify plant and animal life at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manteo journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nags Head, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse ©
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge ©
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

3
nights
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
Visiting Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Frisco Beach will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Hatteras Island Ocean Center and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Take a break from Hatteras Island with a short trip to Mom's Sweet Shop in Kill Devil Hills, about 1h 30 min away.

Make your Hatteras Island itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Manteo to Hatteras Island in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kill Devil Hills
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras National Seashore ©
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial

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 25th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Springers Point, then steep yourself in history at British Cemetery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ocracoke road trip website.

You can ride a ferry from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ocracoke are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Ocracoke

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

5
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Bellamy Mansion and Wilmington Railroad Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Downtown Wilmington and North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. Venture out of the city with trips to Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island), Fort Johnston - Southport Museum & Visitors Center (in Southport) and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (in Kure Beach). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, stop by Cape Fear Spice Merchants, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Anthem Beer Project.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Wilmington using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Wilmington takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Southport, Surf City, Kure Beach, Oak Island Beach, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Highlights from your plan
Bellamy Mansion ©
Bellamy Mansion
Fort Fisher State Historic Site ©
Fort Fisher State Historic Site

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