47 days in North Carolina Itinerary

47 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina travel route planner

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Corolla
— 2 nights
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Nags Head
— 2 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
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Manteo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Highlands
— 2 nights
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Bryson City
— 3 nights
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
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Maggie Valley
— 2 nights
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
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Durham
— 2 nights
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Bahama
— 19 nights

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Corolla

— 2 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the galleries of Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, get outside with Back Country Safari Tours, then contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, and finally stroll through Currituck Banks Reserve. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Currituck Beach, then look for gifts at Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Corolla. In May in Corolla, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Nags Head

— 2 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get outside with Ghost Crab Quest, then head outdoors with Nags Head Dolphin Watch, then stop by Salty Paws Biscuits, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Nags Head Fishing Pier, take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally get in on the family fun at Full Throttle Speedway.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nags Head trip planner.

Getting from Corolla to Nags Head by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, and then take in the waterfront at Avon Fishing Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Hatteras Island trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Nags Head to Hatteras Island in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Hatteras Island can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Manteo

— 2 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 16th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Paradise Dolphin Cruises, observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and then admire the natural beauty at Elizabethan Gardens. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manteo trip maker tool.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Manteo in 1.5 hours. In May in Manteo, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Kill Devil Hills

— 2 nights
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to a Century of Flight, and finally look for gifts at Mom's Sweet Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, tee off at Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf, and then get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kill Devil Hills trip site.

Kill Devil Hills is just a stone's throw from Manteo. In May, daily temperatures in Kill Devil Hills can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Golf · Tours

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 2 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on High Mountain Expeditions, then stop by Mast General Store, then take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, and finally contemplate the long history of Flat Top Manor.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Kill Devil Hills to Blowing Rock in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kill Devil Hills in May, expect Blowing Rock to be slightly colder, temps between 69°F and 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Asheville driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in May, you will find days in Asheville are somewhat warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Asheville

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Highlands

— 2 nights
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 24th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Bust Your Butt Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Glen Falls.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Highlands trip planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Highlands in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Highlands can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Bryson City

— 3 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Swain County Heritage Museum and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mountain Layers Brewing Company. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Fly fishing Museum of The Southern Appalachians, then explore and take pictures at Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, then admire the sheer force of Abrams Falls Trail, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bryson City tour itinerary tool.

Drive from Highlands to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive · Trails

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 2 nights

Trails of Legends and Adventures

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.
On the 29th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome, then take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road, and finally appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then stop by Unique Gift Outlet, then admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, and finally try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cherokee attractions planner.

Cherokee is just a short distance from Bryson City. In May in Cherokee, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Maggie Valley.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Casinos

Side Trip

Maggie Valley

— 2 nights
Maggie Valley is a town in Haywood County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., then take in the awesome beauty at Waterrock Knob, and finally admire the sheer force of Soco Falls. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bootleggers Distillery, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally look for gifts at Mast General Store.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Maggie Valley online day trip planner.

Maggie Valley is just a short distance from Cherokee. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Maggie Valley

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 2 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): stroll through Neuse River Trail, then find something for the whole family at Frankie's Fun Park, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally appreciate the history behind Memorial Bell Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at North Carolina Museum of History, shop like a local with Videri Chocolate Factory, then stroll around Pullen Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Raleigh online route planner.

You can drive from Maggie Valley to Raleigh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Maggie Valley in June: high temperatures in Raleigh hover around 88°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Durham.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Museums · Trails · Theme Parks

Durham

— 2 nights

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
On the 4th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, then gain insight at Duke University, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of Durham History. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: gain insight at University of North Carolina, then stroll through Conservators Center, and then examine the collection at International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Durham day trip planner.

Durham is just a short distance from Raleigh. In June, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bahama.

Things to do in Durham

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bahama

— 19 nights
Bahama is an unincorporated community in northern Durham County, North Carolina.HistoryBahama was originally settled around 1750 as the community of Balltown until the name was changed to reflect three leading families of the community: ll, rris, and ngum. Step out of Bahama with an excursion to Rock of Ages Winery in Hurdle Mills--about 32 minutes away. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Dukes of Hazzard museum and contemplate the long history of Stagville Plantation.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bahama trip planner.

Bahama is just a short distance from Durham. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durham in June: highs in Bahama hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 62°F.

Things to do in Bahama

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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History Museums · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.