54 days in North Carolina Itinerary

54 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Raleigh Durham International Airport, Drive to Wilmington
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Wilmington
— 16 nights
Fly
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Charlotte
— 4 nights
Drive
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Winston Salem
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 1 night
Drive
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mount Airy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Surf City, Topsail Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive to Swan Quarter, NC, Ferry to Ocracoke
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Ocracoke
— 2 nights
Ferry to Swan Quarter, NC, Drive to Kill Devil Hills
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Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edenton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durham
— 2 nights
Drive
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Greensboro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
Fly
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Franklin
— 2 nights
Fly
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New Bern
— 3 nights
Drive to Raleigh Durham International Airport, Fly to Tel Aviv

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Wilmington

— 16 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Head to Expo 216 and Haag and Sons Seafoodfor plenty of shopping. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum and Bellamy Mansion. Explore Wilmington's surroundings by going to Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson State Historic Site (in Winnabow), Moore's Creek National Battlefield (in Currie) and Duplin Winery (in Rose Hill). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, do a tasting at Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room, don't miss a visit to Poplar Grove Plantation, and take an in-depth tour of Cape Fear Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Wilmington vacation planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Wilmington is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Wilmington, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, Wilmington is little chillier at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to fly to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 4 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hendrick Motorsports Complex and Mint Museum Uptown. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Reed Gold Mine and Mint Museum Randolph. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, get a taste of the local shopping with Foundation For The Carolinas, walk around Romare Bearden Park, and see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Charlotte itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Wilmington to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Charlotte, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Winston Salem.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Winston Salem

— 2 nights
Winston-Salem is a city in and the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States. On the 19th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Cellar 4201 Vineyard, do a tasting at Divine Llama Vineyards, see the interesting displays at Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University, then examine the collection at Winston Cup Museum & Special Event Center, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Wait Chapel. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Historic National Cemetery and Confederate Prison Site, then do a tasting at Weathervane Winery, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Home Moravian Church.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Winston Salem online route planner.

You can drive from Charlotte to Winston Salem in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Winston Salem

Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Asheville

— 1 night

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 21st (Mon): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, view the masterpieces at New Morning Gallery, stroll the grounds of Riverside Cemetery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Urban Trail, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Blue Spiral 1.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Asheville driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Winston Salem to Asheville in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery, steep yourself in history at Oconaluftee Indian Village, then steep yourself in history at Mingus Mill, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and finally view the masterpieces at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Barber Orchard Fruitstand, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and then take an in-depth tour of Swain County Heritage Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cherokee trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Asheville to Cherokee by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Cherokee are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mount Airy.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Historic Sites · Casinos · Shopping

Side Trips

Mount Airy

— 2 nights
Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Mabry Mill, then don't miss a visit to Floyd's City Barbershop, then see the interesting displays at The Andy Griffith Museum, and finally look for gifts at Bear Creek Gifts And Bear Creek Fudge Factory. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Stony Knoll Vineyards, get engrossed in the history at Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, then examine the collection at The Gertrude Smith House, then don't miss a visit to Mayberry Replica Courthouse, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Mayberry Antique Mall.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mount Airy driving holiday planner.

Getting from Cherokee to Mount Airy by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cherokee in October since evenings lows in Mount Airy dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Surf City.

Things to do in Mount Airy

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Surf City, Topsail Island

— 2 nights
Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Seacoast Art Gallery, then look for gifts at Quarter Moon Books & Gifts, then look for all kinds of wild species at Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Shipwreck Point Golf, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Salty Turtle Beer Co.., then head off the coast to Topsail Island, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Gathering Church.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Surf City online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mount Airy to Surf City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Surf City when traveling from Mount Airy in October, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Surf City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

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 28th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Ava Gardner Museum, get curious at Marbles Kids Museum, then learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and finally stop by Videri Chocolate Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Historic Oakwood, explore the different monuments and memorials at Historic Oakwood Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Historic Oak View County Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, and finally browse the different shops at Crabtree Valley Mall.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Raleigh driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Surf City to Raleigh by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Surf City in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Raleigh, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manteo.

Things to do in Raleigh

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 2 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit, then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally kick back and relax at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Coquina Beach, experience rural life at Island Farm, then shop like a local with Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kinnakeet Clay Studio & Showroom.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Manteo trip planning app.

You can drive from Raleigh to Manteo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Manteo when traveling from Raleigh in October, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Corolla

— 2 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 1st (Fri), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, then examine the collection at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Historic Corolla Chapel. On the next day, kick back and relax at Carova Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then stop by Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Corolla trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Manteo to Corolla in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Ocracoke

— 2 nights
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. On the 3rd (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Ocracoke Pony Pens, look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point, and then stroll the grounds of British Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, then look for gifts at Books to Be Red, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Ocracoke Monument.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ocracoke day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Corolla to Ocracoke takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Corolla in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Ocracoke. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Kill Devil Hills

— 2 nights
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): view the masterpieces at The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at OBX Art Studio, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to a Century of Flight, and finally learn about winemaking at Sanctuary Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, look for all kinds of wild species at Sweetgum Swamp Trail, and then take a stroll through Scarborough Lane Shoppes.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kill Devil Hills vacation maker site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Kill Devil Hills takes 5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Kill Devil Hills can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Edenton.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Edenton

— 2 nights
Edenton is a town on Albemarle Sound in Chowan County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, examine the collection at Historic Edenton State Historic Site, then explore the different monuments and memorials at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, then contemplate the long history of Historic Hope Plantation, and finally learn more about the world around you at Bear-Ology Black Bear Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Barker House, steep yourself in history at Edenton Bell Battery Cannon, then see the interesting displays at Jim Catfish Hunter Museum, and finally examine the collection at God's Creation Wildlife Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Edenton trip planner.

Getting from Kill Devil Hills to Edenton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Edenton when traveling from Kill Devil Hills in November, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Durham.

Things to do in Edenton

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Durham

— 2 nights

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Durham History, take in the exciting artwork at Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery, contemplate the long history of Stagville State Historic Site, then contemplate the long history of Duke Homestead, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, steep yourself in history at Ayr Mount Historic Site, then admire the masterpieces at Ackland Art Museum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Town Cemetery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Durham road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Edenton to Durham takes 2.5 hours. In November in Durham, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Durham

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Greensboro

— 2 nights
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 11th (Mon), stroll around Country Park, contemplate the long history of Old Mill of Guilford, then see the interesting displays at Petty Museum, and finally examine the collection at International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Children's Museum of Alamance County, look for gifts at Alamance Arts, then steep yourself in history at Blandwood, then explore the world behind art at Weatherspoon Art Museum, and finally shop like a local with Ambleside Gallery.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Greensboro trip planner.

You can drive from Durham to Greensboro in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. November in Greensboro sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Greensboro

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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 13th (Wed): explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, examine the collection at Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, then revel in the low prices at Tanger Outlets Blowing Rock, then look for gifts at Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blowing Rock Brewery. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, stroll around Memorial Park, then snap pictures at Linn Cove Viaduct, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Blowing Rock trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Greensboro to Blowing Rock takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, Blowing Rock is slightly colder than Greensboro - with highs of 13°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Franklin.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Franklin

— 2 nights
Franklin is a town in Franklin Township, Macon County, North Carolina, United States, within the Nantahala National Forest. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Rufus Morgan Falls, then see the interesting displays at Scottish Tartans Musuem, then examine the collection at Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lazy Hiker Brewing Company. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Mark of the Potter, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Maceffie Gems & Land LLC, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine, and finally stop by Outdoor 76.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Franklin day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Blowing Rock to Franklin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Blowing Rock in November, you will find days in Franklin are somewhat warmer (18°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly to New Bern.

Things to do in Franklin

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

New Bern

— 3 nights
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. On the 17th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery, then examine the collection at Aurora Fossil Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at New Bern Fireman's Museum, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the New Bern attractions website.

Traveling by flight from Franklin to New Bern takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Franklin in November, things will get a bit warmer in New Bern: highs are around 22°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in New Bern

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.