60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 4 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 5 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 6 nights
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Wilmington
— 6 nights
Drive
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Raleigh
— 7 nights
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Greensboro
— 6 nights
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Charlotte
— 6 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 6 nights
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Asheville
— 8 nights
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Cherokee
— 5 nights
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Corolla

— 4 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Change things up with a short trip to Carova Beach in Carova (about 34 minutes away). There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours, steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, and hike along Currituck Banks Reserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Corolla road trip app.

Seattle to Corolla is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Seattle to Corolla due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Corolla: highs are around 78°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 5 nights
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Step out of Manteo with an excursion to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rodanthe--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, see majestic marine mammals with Paradise Dolphin Cruises, visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and contemplate the long history of Island Farm.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Manteo trip planner.

Drive from Corolla to Manteo in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 6 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Hatteras Island: Ocracoke (Ocracoke Lighthouse & British Cemetery), Kill Devil Hills (OBX Art Studio & Wright Brothers National Memorial) and Outer Banks Yoga (in Kitty Hawk). Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hatteras Island sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Manteo to Hatteras Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Hatteras Island are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 6 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Jacksonville (Walton's Distillery & Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial), Kure Beach (North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher & Fort Fisher State Recreation Area) and Southport (Trinity United Methodist Church, Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry, &more). There's much more to do: step aboard Battleship North Carolina, wander the streets of Historic District, indulge in some personalized pampering at Sacred Willow Spa, and do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Wilmington trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Wilmington in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In June in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Raven Rock State Park (in Lillington), Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville) and Durham (Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, &more). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Neuse River Trail, admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Ava Gardner Museum, and see the interesting displays at North Carolina Museum of History.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Raleigh trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Raleigh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Raleigh can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Greensboro.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Greensboro

— 6 nights
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Change things up with these side-trips from Greensboro: Mount Airy (Floyd's City Barbershop, The Andy Griffith Museum, &more), North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro) and Burlington (Conservators Center & Cedarock Park). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at The Bog Garden at Benjamin Park, admire the landmark architecture of J. Douglas Galyon Depot, admire the masterpieces at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, and get engrossed in the history at Greensboro History Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Greensboro trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Raleigh to Greensboro by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Greensboro can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Charlotte side-trips: The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville), Concord (Zmax Dragway & Richard Petty Driving Experience) and Historic National Cemetery and Confederate Prison Site (in Salisbury). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, join the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway, have fun and explore at Discovery Place Science, and stroll through Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Greensboro to Charlotte takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Charlotte sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 6 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Venture out of the city with trips to Elk Knob State Park (in Todd), Linville (Wiseman's View Scenic Overlook & Rough Ridge Lookout) and Roaring Gap (Hutchinson Homestead & Stone Mountain State Park). There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, hike along Bass Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grandfather Mountain, and stop by Rivercross Made in USA.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Blowing Rock trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Charlotte in June, things will get a bit cooler in Blowing Rock: highs are around 77°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Asheville

— 8 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pisgah Forest (Pisgah National Forest, Cradle of Forestry, &more), Zipline (in Lake Lure) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). There's lots more to do: cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, admire the natural beauty at Craggy Gardens, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and learn the secrets of beer at BREW-ed.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Blowing Rock, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 5 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: Max Patch (in Hot Springs), Maggie Valley (Waterrock Knob & Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum) and Highlands (Bust Your Butt Falls, Dry Falls, &more). And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by The What's Hot Shop, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cherokee travel route planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In July in Cherokee, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

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.