50 days in San Francisco & North Carolina Itinerary

50 days in San Francisco & North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route maker

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San Francisco
— 34 nights
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
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Greensboro
— 1 night
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Fayetteville
— 1 night
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 1 night
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Nags Head
— 2 nights
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 34 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Lands End and West Cliff Drive will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walt Disney Family Museum and VJB Cellars. Venture out of the city with trips to Lafayette Reservoir (in Lafayette), Sacramento (Crocker Art Museum, California State Railroad Museum, &more) and Davis (The Artery & Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven). Dedicate the 20th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Dry Creek Vineyard, engage your brain at Exploratorium, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and examine the collection at de Young Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip itinerary maker.

Montreal, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in January, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sat) before leaving for Cherokee.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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 14th (Sun), examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum and then examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, then examine the collection at Fly fishing Museum of The Southern Appalachians, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cherokee travel route planning site.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Cherokee takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in February, expect Cherokee to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Asheville Pinball Museum and Lexington Glassworks. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild) and Spas. Step out of Asheville to go to Chimney Rock and see Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Asheville holiday planner.

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. February in Asheville sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Museums · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 1 night
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Blowing Rock route planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in February, you will find days in Blowing Rock are slightly colder (8°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Greensboro.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Trails

Greensboro

— 1 night
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get curious at Greensboro Science Center, explore the world behind art at Elsewhere, and then examine the collection at International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Greensboro trip builder app.

Drive from Blowing Rock to Greensboro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, Greensboro is somewhat warmer than Blowing Rock - with highs of 14°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Greensboro

Museums · Childrens Museums

Fayetteville

— 1 night
Fayetteville is a city in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Market House and then see the interesting displays at Airborne and Special Operations Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Fayetteville travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Greensboro to Fayetteville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Museums · Historic Sites

Wilmington

— 2 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex and then make a trip to Riverwalk. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, then stop by Historic District, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Bizarre.

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Drive from Fayetteville to Wilmington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in February, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Wilmington

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hatteras Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Koru, then steep yourself in history at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shelley Island.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hatteras Island sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Wilmington to Hatteras Island in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in February, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Spas · Beaches · Historic Sites · 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 25th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nags Head journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Hatteras Island to Nags Head takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Hatteras Island in February, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Nags Head. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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.
On the 27th (Sat), learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then see the interesting displays at North Carolina Museum of History, and then stroll around Pullen Park. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Marbles Kids Museum, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and then see the interesting displays at CAM Raleigh.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Raleigh day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nags Head to Raleigh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In February, daytime highs in Raleigh are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · 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.