60 days in North Carolina & South Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina & South Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Corolla
— 2 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 4 nights
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Raleigh
— 4 nights
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Wilmington
— 5 nights
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Myrtle Beach
— 4 nights
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Charleston
— 6 nights
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Beaufort
— 4 nights
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Hilton Head
— 5 nights
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Charlotte
— 4 nights
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Highlands
— 4 nights
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Bryson City
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Asheville
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Blowing Rock
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Corolla

— 2 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Relax by the water at Carova Beach and Currituck Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vineyard Voyage and Historic Corolla Chapel. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, trek along Currituck Banks Reserve, tee off at The Grass Course, and take a stroll through Scarborough Lane Shoppes.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Corolla online trip itinerary maker.

Washington to Corolla is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Corolla, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 4 nights
Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Hatteras Island Ocean Center. Get outdoors at Frisco Beach and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hatteras Island: Outer Banks Distilling (in Manteo), Kill Devil Hills (A Sanctuary Massage & Wright Brothers National Memorial) and Nags Head (Bodie Island Lighthouse & Jockey's Ridge State Park).

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hatteras Island trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Corolla to Hatteras Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June in Hatteras Island, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 4 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Get some cultural insight at North Hills and Airborne and Special Operations Museum. Do your shopping at Carrboro Farmers Market and Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Raleigh: Sylvan Heights Bird Park (in Scotland Neck), Hillsborough (Old Town Cemetery, Eno Gallery, &more) and David McCune International Art Gallery (in Fayetteville). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at The Carolina Basketball Museum, trek along Neuse River Trail, and stroll through Conservators Center.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Raleigh trip planning app.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Raleigh in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Hatteras Island in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Raleigh, with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 5 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Take a break from the city and head to Hammocks Beach State Park and Oak Island Beach. Do your shopping at Expo 216 and Fine Art at Baxters. Venture out of the city with trips to Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Swansboro), The Point (in Oak Island) and Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Jacksonville). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, kick back and relax at Holden Beach, stroll the grounds of Wilmington National Cemetery, and wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington vacation planner.

Drive from Raleigh to Wilmington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Myrtle Beach

— 4 nights
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Relax by the water at Myrtle Beach and Cherry Grove Beach. Head to Broadway at the Beach and Callahan's of Calabashfor some retail therapy. Explore Myrtle Beach's surroundings by going to Litchfield Beach (in Litchfield Beach), Brookgreen Gardens (in Murrells Inlet) and Kaminski House Museum (in Georgetown). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Warbird Park, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and kick back and relax at Windy Hill Beach.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Myrtle Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Myrtle Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Myrtle Beach sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Charleston.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Charleston

— 6 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Get in touch with nature at Folly Beach Public Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Do some cultural sightseeing at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and Middleton Place. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Fort Sumter National Monument, steep yourself in history at Aiken-Rhett House, brush up on your military savvy at Patriots Point, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Charleston trip planner.

Getting from Myrtle Beach to Charleston by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Charleston are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Beaufort.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Beaufort

— 4 nights
Beaufort is a city in and the county seat of Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Thibault Gallery and McIntosh Book Shoppe. Escape the urban bustle at Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore Beaufort's surroundings by going to Walterboro (Tuskegee Airmen Memorial & South Carolina Artisans Center) and September Oaks Winery (in Ridgeland). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Pat Conroy Literary Center, contemplate the long history of St. Helena's Anglican Church, immerse yourself in nature at Hunting Island State Park, and explore the ancient world of Charlesfort / Santa Elena Monument.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Beaufort trip planner.

Getting from Charleston to Beaufort by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Beaufort

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Hilton Head

— 5 nights
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Head to Nash Gallery and Pluff Mudd Artfor some retail therapy. Visit Coligny Beach and Burkes Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Hilton Head with a short trip to York W. Bailey Museum in Saint Helena Island, about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Wine & Cheese, If You Please?, enjoy the sand and surf at Folly Field Beach Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Singleton Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Hilton Head attractions app.

Drive from Beaufort to Hilton Head in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Hilton Head, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Charlotte.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kings Mountain National Military Park and SouthPark. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Piedmont Triad Farmers Market and Abbott Farms. Get out of town with these interesting Charlotte side-trips: Dennis Vineyards Winery (in Albemarle), Old Salem Museums & Gardens (in Winston Salem) and The Candy Factory (in Lexington). There's still lots to do: take in the history at Cowpens National Battlefield, make a trip to Museum of York County, take in the views from Historic Waxhaw Foot Bridge, and immerse yourself in nature at Rose Hill Plantation Historic.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Charlotte trip tool.

Fly from Hilton Head to Charlotte in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hilton Head in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 70°F in Charlotte. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Highlands.

Things to do in Charlotte

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlands

— 4 nights
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Head to The Bascom and Cashiers Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum and Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Highlands: Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tours (in Long Creek), Oconee Station State Historic Site (in Walhalla) and Devil's Courthouse (in Pisgah Forest). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, take in the dramatic natural features at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Highlands road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Charlotte to Highlands takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in July; daily highs in Highlands reach 83°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 4 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Santeetlah Lake. Shop till you drop at Elizabeth Ellison Gallery and It's By Nature. Explore Bryson City's surroundings by going to Carolina Outfitters (in Topton), Highlander Gallery (in Brasstown) and Old Jail Museum (in Hayesville). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, head outdoors with Nantahala on the Fly, take a peaceful walk through Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mountain Layers Brewing Company.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bryson City tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Highlands to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Bryson City are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Museums · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Asheville

— 5 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get a sense of the local culture at New Morning Gallery and Blue Spiral 1. Do your shopping at St.Claire Art and Lexington Glassworks. Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure), Greenville (Herdklotz Park & Falls Park on the Reedy) and Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards (in Hendersonville). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, see the interesting displays at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), sample some tasty brews at BREW-ed, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Asheville online journey builder.

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 4 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. E.H. Sloop Chapel and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blowing Rock: Linville Falls (Linville Falls & Linville Gorge), South Creek Winery (in Nebo) and Rough Ridge Lookout (in Linville). There's much more to do: stop by Mast General Store, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, learn about winemaking at Six Waterpots Vineyard and Winery, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ashe County History.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Blowing Rock trip maker site.

Getting from Asheville to Blowing Rock by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Asheville in July: highs in Blowing Rock hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Mount Airy.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Airy

— 4 nights
Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. Stony Knoll Vineyards and JOLO Winery & Vineyards are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Pilot Mountain State Park and Elkin Municipal Park. Explore Mount Airy's surroundings by going to East Bend (Flint Hill Vineyards & Cellar 4201 Vineyard), Hamptonville (Laurel Gray Vineyard & Winery, Shadow Springs Vineyard, &more) and Ronda (Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, Menarick Vineyard & Winery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Andy Griffith Museum, do a tasting at Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery, get engrossed in the history at Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, and make a trip to Mayberry Replica Courthouse.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mount Airy trip site.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Mount Airy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in July, expect Mount Airy to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mount Airy

Wineries · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
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.

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Gardens · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Beaches
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.