40 days in North Carolina, Miami Beach & New York City Itinerary

40 days in North Carolina, Miami Beach & New York City Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nags Head
— 4 nights
2
Miami Beach
— 7 nights
3
Bryson City
— 4 nights
4
Asheville
— 5 nights
5
Blowing Rock
— 4 nights
6
Winston Salem
— 4 nights
7
Wilmington
— 4 nights
8
New York City
— 7 nights

4
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.
Visit Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and Cape Hatteras National Seashore for some beach relaxation. Head to The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery and OBX Art Studiofor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Carova Beach (in Carova), Corolla (Currituck Beach & Off-Road Tours) and Frisco Beach (in Frisco). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at North Pond Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nags Head online trip itinerary maker.

Ocean City to Nags Head is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Ocean City in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 47°F in Nags Head. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Hatteras Island, Kill Devil Hills, Corolla, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Off-Road Tours
Cape Hatteras National Seashore ©
Cape Hatteras National Seashore

7
nights
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Do your shopping at Lincoln Road and Wings Beachwear. Get in touch with nature at South Beach and Shark Valley Visitor Center. Explore Miami Beach's surroundings by going to Everglades National Park (Pineland Trail, Gumbo Limbo Trail, &more), Fishing Charters & Tours (in Islamorada) and Key Largo (Swim with Dolphins, Spiegel Grove, &more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Collins Avenue, see the interesting displays at Lock & Load Museum, identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and shop like a local with Village of Merrick Park.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Miami Beach visit planning website.

Traveling by flight from Nags Head to Miami Beach takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Nags Head in November, with highs in Miami Beach at 82°F and lows at 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Bryson City.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Lock & Load Museum, Haulover Beach Park, Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
South Beach ©
South Beach
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Head to Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop and Pincu Potteryfor some retail therapy. Visiting Max Patch and Dry Falls will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bryson City: Bartram Trail (in Franklin), Bust Your Butt Falls (in Highlands) and Waterrock Knob (in Maggie Valley). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, trek along Goldmine Loop Trail, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and putt your heart out at Bear Creek Adventures Mini Golf and Gem Mining.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bryson City driving holiday planner.

Fly from Miami Beach to Bryson City in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and car. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Miami Beach in December: high temperatures in Bryson City hover around 54°F and lows are around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Highlands, Bartram Trail, Max Patch, Bear Creek Adventures Mini Golf and Gem Mining, Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

5
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Step out of the city life by going to Pisgah National Forest and Greenway Bike Trail. Head to St.Claire Art and Pisgah Forest Gem Minefor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain), Bearwallow Mountain (in Hendersonville) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Biltmore, head outdoors with Brookside Guides, hike along Devil's Courthouse, and cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Asheville online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. December in Asheville sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Pisgah Forest, Greenway Bike Trail, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Bearwallow Mountain, Blue Ridge Pkwy
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest

4
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock ©
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Vx3 Trail Rides and Flat Rock Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blowing Rock: Morganton (Thermal Valley & Catawba River Greenway), Lansing Creeper Trail Park (in Lansing) and Gem Valley LLC (in Jefferson). Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, hike along Hawksbill Mountain Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rough Ridge Lookout, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Table Rock Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Blowing Rock trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Asheville in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Blowing Rock: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Winston Salem.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Linville, Morganton, Lenoir Greenway, Carolina Country Wines, Lansing Creeper Trail Park
Highlights from your plan
Vx3 Trail Rides ©
Vx3 Trail Rides
Zipline
Table Rock Trail ©
Table Rock Trail

4
nights
Winston Salem

Winston Salem ©
Winston-Salem is a city in and the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States. Visit Eno Gallery and Old Town Cemetery for their historical value. Visiting Conservators Center and Richland Creek Canopy Tours will get you outdoors. Explore Winston Salem's surroundings by going to Ambleside Gallery (in Greensboro), Hanging Rock State Park (in Danbury) and Occoneechee Orange Speedway (in Hillsborough). The adventure continues: shop like a local with Richard Childress Racing, head outdoors with Pedego Electric Bikes, play a few rounds at Tanglewood Park, and stroll through Haw River Trail & Paddle Trail.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Winston Salem trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Winston Salem in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Winston Salem, with lows of 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Winston Salem

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Hillsborough, Burlington, FRANK Gallery, Tanglewood Park, Ambleside Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Museum & Archives of Rockingham County ©
Museum & Archives of Rockingham County
Richard Childress Racing ©
Richard Childress Racing

4
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
For shopping fun, head to Fine Art at Baxters or Cape Fear Spice Merchants. Take a break from the city and head to Hammocks Beach State Park and Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary (in Hubert), Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island) and Holden Beach (in Holden Beach). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Lumber River State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, and get your game on at Battle House Laser Tag.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Wilmington trip planner.

Getting from Winston Salem to Wilmington by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Winston Salem in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Wilmington, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary, Lumber River State Park, Oak Island Beach, Fine Art at Baxters, Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Hammocks Beach State Park ©
Hammocks Beach State Park
Battle House Laser Tag ©
Battle House Laser Tag
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex

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nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Step out of the city life by going to Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and East River Waterfront Esplanade. Let the collections at 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to New York City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Wilmington in December, things will get a bit cooler in New York City: highs are around 48°F and lows about 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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