30 days in North Carolina & Virginia Itinerary

30 days in North Carolina & Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Raleigh
— 2 nights
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Wilmington
— 3 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
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Corolla
— 2 nights
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Williamsburg
— 3 nights
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Virginia Beach
— 3 nights
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Chincoteague Island
— 2 nights
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Arlington
— 2 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 3 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Raleigh

— 2 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Family-friendly places like Neuse River Trail and North Carolina Museum of Art will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Raleigh: Durham (Duke Lemur Center, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, &more) and Clayton River Walk (in Clayton). There's still lots to do: get outside with Capital Area Greenway, admire the natural beauty at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fletcher Park, and stroll around Pullen Park.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Raleigh online trip builder.

Orlando to Raleigh is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Orlando in June since evenings lows in Raleigh dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

Wilmington

— 3 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Bring the kids along to Battleship North Carolina and Sea Turtle Camp. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Kure Beach (North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher & Fort Fisher State Recreation Area), Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (in Southport) and Surf City (Spas, Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, kick back and relax at Holden Beach, stroll the grounds of Wilmington National Cemetery, and examine the collection at Bellamy Mansion.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Wilmington day trip site.

You can drive from Raleigh to Wilmington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Wilmington are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:

Hatteras Island

— 3 nights
Bring the kids along to Frisco Beach and Paradise Dolphin Cruises. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hatteras Island: Wright Brothers National Memorial (in Kill Devil Hills), Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe) and Nags Head (Jennette's Pier, Jockey's Ridge State Park, &more).

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hatteras Island holiday maker site.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Hatteras Island takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Wilmington, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hatteras Island, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:

Corolla

— 2 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 10th (Thu), see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, then examine the collection at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally look for gifts at Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Carova Beach, soothe aching muscles at Corolla Yoga, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, and finally identify plant and animal life at Currituck Banks Reserve.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Corolla tour planner.

Getting from Hatteras Island to Corolla by car takes about 2.5 hours. June in Corolla sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:

Williamsburg

— 3 nights

Colonial Capital

Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
Bring the kids along to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne. When in Williamsburg, make a side trip to see The Noland Trail in Newport News, approximately Newport News away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Colonial Williamsburg, contemplate the long history of George Wythe House, step aboard Jamestown Settlement, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Williamsburg attractions planner.

You can drive from Corolla to Williamsburg in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and bus. In June, daytime highs in Williamsburg are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:

Virginia Beach

— 3 nights

The Resort City

Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
Kids will enjoy Virginia Beach Boardwalk and Sandbridge Beach. Step out of Virginia Beach to go to Powells Point and see H2OBX Waterpark, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, stroll through Virginia Beach, pause for some photo ops at Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Memorial, and immerse yourself in nature at First Landing State Park.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Virginia Beach are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 17:

Chincoteague Island

— 2 nights
Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): make a trip to Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, let little ones run wild at Chincoteague Veteran's Memorial Park, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chincoteague, then head outdoors with Donald J. Leonard, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with Captain Dan's Around the Island Tours. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Chincoteague Island vacation planner.

You can drive from Virginia Beach to Chincoteague Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In June in Chincoteague Island, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 19:

Arlington

— 2 nights

National History, Local Flavor

Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
On the 20th (Sun), walk around Shirlington Dog Park, admire the landmark architecture of George Washington's Mount Vernon, then learn about all things military at National Museum of the Marine Corps, then examine the collection at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and finally steep yourself in history at Little Library. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Theodore Roosevelt Island Park, then stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and finally pause for some photo ops at U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Arlington day trip app.

Traveling by car from Chincoteague Island to Arlington takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and subway. In June, daily temperatures in Arlington can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to fly to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 21:

Blowing Rock

— 3 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Attractions like Zipline and Doc's Rocks Gem Mine make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Blowing Rock's surroundings by going to Grayson Highlands State Park (in Mouth of Wilson), Linville (Hawksbill Mountain Trail & Rough Ridge Lookout) and Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail (in Abingdon). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, get all the equipment you need at Adventure Damascus, take in the dramatic scenery at Otter Falls, and get a dose of the wild on High Mountain Expeditions.

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Fly from Arlington to Blowing Rock in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, bus, and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Arlington in June, with highs in Blowing Rock at 77°F and lows at 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 24:

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zipline and The North Carolina Arboretum. Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: The Gem Mine (in Lake Lure), Pisgah Forest (Looking Glass Falls & Sliding Rock) and Brevard (Crystal Mountain Gem Mine & Mud Dabbers Pottery of Brevard). The adventure continues: cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, delve into the lush surroundings at DuPont State Recreational Forest, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and get a dose of the wild on Miller's Land of Waterfall Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville route builder site.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Blowing Rock in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 27:

Bryson City

— 3 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Dry Falls make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Bryson City: Carolina Outfitters (in Topton), Robbinsville (Santeetlah Lake & Yellow Creek Falls) and Bridal Veil Falls (in Highlands). The adventure continues: cruise along Cherohala Skyway, delve into the lush surroundings at Nantahala National Forest, head outdoors with Nantahala on the Fly, and admire the sheer force of Silver Run Falls.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bryson City online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
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.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.