60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip itinerary planner

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Wilmington
— 6 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 6 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
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Corolla
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Raleigh
— 7 nights
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Greensboro
— 5 nights
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Charlotte
— 6 nights
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Blowing Rock
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Asheville
— 7 nights
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Cherokee
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Wilmington

— 6 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wilmington: Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (in Southport), Surf City (Topsail Island Trading Company, Topsail Island, &more) and Kure Beach (North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher & Fort Fisher State Recreation Area). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, sample the tasty concoctions at Front Street Brewery, admire the striking features of Bellamy Mansion, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Camp.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Wilmington sightseeing site.

Columbia to Wilmington is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. June in Wilmington sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 6 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Hatteras Island: Ocracoke (British Cemetery & Ocracoke Lighthouse), Kill Devil Hills (A Sanctuary Massage, Wright Brothers National Memorial, &more) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe). Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hatteras Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Hatteras Island takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Wilmington in June, you will find days in Hatteras Island are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 5 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Manteo is known for zoos & aquariums, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, steep yourself in history at Island Farm, explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and visit a coastal fixture at Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Manteo trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Hatteras Island to Manteo by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Corolla

— 5 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Step out of Corolla with an excursion to Carova Beach in Carova--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, relax and rejuvenate at Corolla Yoga, and stroll through Currituck Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Corolla trip builder.

You can drive from Manteo to Corolla in 1.5 hours. In June in Corolla, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Raleigh: Fayetteville (Museum of Cape Fear & Airborne and Special Operations Museum), Sylvan Heights Bird Park (in Scotland Neck) and Durham (Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, &more). The adventure continues: hike along Neuse River Trail, explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, engage your brain at Marbles Kids Museum, and learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Raleigh trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Raleigh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In July in Raleigh, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Greensboro

— 5 nights
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Greensboro side-trips: Conservators Center (in Burlington), Winston Salem (Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Salem God's Acre Cemetery, &more) and North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, get curious at Greensboro Science Center, examine the collection at International Civil Rights Center & Museum, and learn about winemaking at Stony Knoll Vineyards.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Greensboro journey maker app.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Greensboro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Greensboro are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Greensboro

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to N.C.Korean War Memorial (in Mint Hill), Richard Petty Driving Experience (in Concord) and Village Park (in Kannapolis). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Carowinds, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, walk around Crooked Creek Park, and examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Charlotte online vacation planner.

You can drive from Greensboro to Charlotte in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. July in Charlotte sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 6 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blowing Rock: Linville (Wiseman's View Scenic Overlook & Rough Ridge Lookout), Linville Caverns (in Marion) and Linville Falls (Linville Gorge & Linville Falls). Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, stroll around The Valle Crucis Community Park, and hike along Bass Lake.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Blowing Rock trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Charlotte to Blowing Rock by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Charlotte in July, with highs in Blowing Rock at 78°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Asheville

— 7 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Brevard (WNC Military History Museum & Crystal Mountain Gem Mine), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Bearwallow Mountain (in Hendersonville). There's lots more to do: cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, identify plant and animal life at Miller's Land of Waterfall Tours, take a memorable tour with Tours, and admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Asheville holiday maker website.

Drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Blowing Rock in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cherokee: Carolina Outfitters (in Topton), Maggie Valley (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum & Waterrock Knob) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Cherohala Skyway, get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, and take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cherokee trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Asheville to Cherokee by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

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.