60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip maker

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Highlands
— 5 nights
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Bryson City
— 6 nights
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Asheville
— 7 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 6 nights
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Greensboro
— 6 nights
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Raleigh
— 7 nights
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Nags Head
— 5 nights
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New Bern
— 5 nights
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Wilmington
— 6 nights
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Charlotte
— 6 nights
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Highlands

— 5 nights
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Get out of town with these interesting Highlands side-trips: Whitewater Falls (in Sapphire), Sassafras Mountain (in Rosman) and Devil's Courthouse (in Pisgah Forest). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, hit the slopes at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center, admire all the interesting features of Pickens Nose, and learn more about the world around you at Old Jail Museum.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Highlands travel planning app.

Fort Lauderdale to Highlands is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December: high temperatures in Highlands hover around 54°F and lows are around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 6 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bryson City: Maggie Valley (Waterrock Knob & Soco Falls), Mingo Falls (in Cherokee) and Max Patch (in Hot Springs). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to River's Rim Studio and Gallery, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and browse the collection at Jackson County Public Library.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bryson City visit planning website.

Drive from Highlands to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Bryson City are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Asheville

— 7 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley), Zipline (in Lake Lure) and DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Biltmore, explore the striking landscape of Pisgah National Forest, see the interesting displays at Asheville Pinball Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in December, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 6 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Change things up with these side-trips from Blowing Rock: Catawba River Greenway (in Morganton), Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (in Glendale Springs) and Linville (Rough Ridge Lookout, Wiseman's View Scenic Overlook, &more). There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the long history of Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, look for gifts at Handtiques, and take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Blowing Rock trip itinerary builder 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 in Blowing Rock, with highs around 48°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Greensboro

— 6 nights
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Greensboro: Winston Salem (Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, &more), Petty Museum (in Randleman) and Tanglewood Park (in Clemmons). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Conservators Center, see the interesting displays at International Civil Rights Center & Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Old Nick Williams Farm and Distillery, and admire the striking features of J. Douglas Galyon Depot.

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Getting from Blowing Rock to Greensboro by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Blowing Rock in December: highs in Greensboro hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 7 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Raleigh: Durham (Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke University Chapel, &more), Broadslab Distillery (in Benson) and Fayetteville (1897 Poe House & Airborne and Special Operations Museum). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, stroll around Pullen Park, and trek along Neuse River Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Raleigh trip planner.

Getting from Greensboro to Raleigh by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Raleigh are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Nags Head

— 5 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nags Head: Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum (in Corolla), Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, stroll through Cape Hatteras National Seashore, take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, and enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nags Head trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Nags Head takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In January in Nags Head, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to New Bern.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

New Bern

— 5 nights
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. Explore New Bern's surroundings by going to Fort Macon State Park (in Atlantic Beach), Beaufort (Island Express Ferry Service, Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, &more) and Foscue Plantation (in Pollocksville). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery, brush up on your military savvy at CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Lookout National Seashore, and explore the galleries of North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the New Bern journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nags Head to New Bern takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In January in New Bern, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in New Bern

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 6 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Explore Wilmington's surroundings by going to North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach), Southport (Trinity United Methodist Church & Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry) and Smith Island Museum (in Bald Head Island). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take a stroll through Historic District, get your game on at Battle House Laser Tag, and contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Wilmington online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from New Bern to Wilmington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 6 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 find plenty of places to visit near Charlotte: N.C.Korean War Memorial (in Mint Hill), Concord (Richard Petty Driving Experience & Zmax Dragway) and The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville). Next up on the itinerary: test your team's savvy at Escape Kings, bet on your favorite at Charlotte Motor Speedway, walk around Freedom Park, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Charlotte trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in January, expect Charlotte to be little chillier, temps between 52°F and 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

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.