37 days in North Carolina Itinerary

37 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Charlotte
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Asheville
— 5 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 4 nights
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Durham
— 5 nights
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Wilmington
— 4 nights
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New Bern
— 4 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 4 nights
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Nags Head
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Charlotte

Charlotte ©

The Queen City

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.
Visit Old Salem Museums & Gardens and Wait Chapel for their historical value. Head to SouthPark and Concord Millsfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Charlotte: Lexington (Davidson County Historical Museum & Junius Lindsay Vineyard), Piedmon Craftsmen (in Winston Salem) and Stewart Haas Racing (in Kannapolis). There's much more to do: get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, browse the fresh offerings at Davidson Farmer's Market, look for all kinds of wild species at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, and engage your brain at Carolina Raptor Center.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Charlotte day trip website.

Florianopolis, Brazil to Charlotte is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Florianopolis to Charlotte, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Florianopolis in December, with highs in Charlotte at 17°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Concord Mills ©
Concord Mills
The Lazy 5 Ranch ©
The Lazy 5 Ranch
Old Salem Museums & Gardens ©
Old Salem Museums & Gardens

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Asheville

Asheville ©

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Escape the urban bustle at The North Carolina Arboretum and DuPont State Recreational Forest. For shopping fun, head to Barber Orchard Fruitstand or Pisgah Forest Gem Mine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Cedar Hill Studio & Gallery (in Waynesville) and It's By Nature (in Sylva). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Biltmore, get a taste of the local shopping with Lexington Glassworks, admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy, and take in the exciting artwork at Blue Spiral 1.

Find out how to plan Asheville trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Charlotte to Asheville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Charlotte in January, expect nights in Asheville to be about the same, around -3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
DuPont State Recreational Forest ©
DuPont State Recreational Forest

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Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Vx3 Trail Rides. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Shiloh General Store and Caldwell Arts Council. Get out of town with these interesting Blowing Rock side-trips: Rough Ridge Lookout (in Linville), J.E. Broyhill Civic Center (in Lenoir) and Bobby McLean Memorial Park (in Newland). Next up on the itinerary: ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain State Park, stroll around McGalliard Falls Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain.

To find out how to plan a trip to Blowing Rock, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Asheville in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Blowing Rock: temperatures range from 5°C by day to -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

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

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Durham

Durham ©

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Step out of the city life by going to Conservators Center and Brumley Forest Nature Preserve. Visit Duke University Chapel and Eno Gallery for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durham: North Hills (in Raleigh), Southern Supreme Fruitcake (in Bear Creek) and Seagrove Creations Pottery Gallery (in Seagrove). Next up on the itinerary: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Gibsonville Antiques & Collectibles, view the masterpieces at FRANK Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at The Chapel of the Cross, and hunt for treasures at Piedmont Triad Farmers Market.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Durham trip planning site.

Getting from Blowing Rock to Durham by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. In January, Durham is somewhat warmer than Blowing Rock - with highs of 11°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Durham

Shopping · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Brumley Forest Nature Preserve ©
Brumley Forest Nature Preserve

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Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Visiting Oak Island Beach and Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Holden Beach and Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex. Change things up with these side-trips from Wilmington: Franklin Square Gallery (in Southport), The Hoarders (in Oak Island) and Mystical Reflections (in Calabash). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, pick up some local products at Motts Channel Seafood, browse the different shops at The Cotton Exchange, and explore the world behind art at Expo 216.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wilmington trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Durham to Wilmington by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Durham in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Wilmington: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to New Bern.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens

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New Bern

New Bern ©
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. Head to New Berne Antiques and Collectibles and Community Council for the Artsfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Hammocks Beach State Park and Cape Lookout National Seashore. Change things up with these side-trips from New Bern: Nautical Wheelers (in Oriental) and Sylvan Heights Bird Park (in Scotland Neck). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery, get into the urban bustle at New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, explore the galleries of North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, and view the masterpieces at Fine Art at Baxters.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the New Bern attractions planner.

You can drive from Wilmington to New Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in New Bern

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Nautical Wheelers ©
Nautical Wheelers
Sylvan Heights Bird Park ©
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore

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Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
Shop till you drop at Blue Pelican Gallery and Over the Moon. Step out of the city life by going to Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Ocracoke Beach Fires. Go for a jaunt from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke to see Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach about 1h 45 min away.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Hatteras Island trip planner.

You can drive from New Bern to Hatteras Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hatteras Island when traveling from New Bern in January, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

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Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras National Seashore ©
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach

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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.
Shop till you drop at Grave Digger and OBX Art Studio. Popular historic sites such as Bodie Island Lighthouse and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nags Head: Corolla (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Currituck Beach, &more) and Carova Beach (in Carova). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, get your game on at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, get in on the family fun at Full Throttle Speedway, and explore the galleries of Wright Brothers National Memorial.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nags Head journey planner.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Nags Head in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Off-Road Tours
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial

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