40 days in North Carolina, Miami Beach & New York City Itinerary

40 days in North Carolina, Miami Beach & New York City Itinerary

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40 days in North Carolina, Miami Beach & New York City Itinerary

Start: Ocean City
Drive:  4​h 45​min
1
Nags Head
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Miami Beach
— 7 nights
+4
train + bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Bryson City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Asheville
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Blowing Rock
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Winston Salem
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Wilmington
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
New York City
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Ocean City

4
nights
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Head to The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery and OBX Art Studiofor plenty of shopping. Visit Frisco Beach and Currituck Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nags Head: Off-Road Tours (in Corolla) and Carova Beach (in Carova). Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and identify plant and animal life at North Pond Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nags Head trip planning tool .

Ocean City to Nags Head is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nags Head when traveling from Ocean City in November, with lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Corolla, Kill Devil Hills, Hatteras Island, Carova Beach, Frisco Beach
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:
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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©
Off-Road Tours
Cape Hatteras National Seashore ©
Cape Hatteras National Seashore

7
nights
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
We've included these beaches for you: South Beach and Fort Lauderdale Beach. Lincoln Road and Lock & Load Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Miami Beach: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Islamorada), Key Largo (Swim with Dolphins, Spiegel Grove, & more) and Everglades National Park (Shark Valley Visitor Center, Pineland Trail, & more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Haulover Beach Park, stop by Wings Beachwear, and take a stroll through Collins Avenue.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Miami Beach trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Nags Head to Miami Beach in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In November, Miami Beach is much hotter than Nags Head - with highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Bryson City.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Lock & Load Museum, Fishing Charters & Tours, Fort Lauderdale Beach
Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 3:
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Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Gumbo Limbo Trail ©
Gumbo Limbo Trail

4
nights
Bryson City

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 Whiteside Mountain and Nantahala on the Fly. Do your shopping at Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop and Pincu Pottery. Explore Bryson City's surroundings by going to Waterrock Knob (in Maggie Valley), Highlands (Bust Your Butt Falls & Dry Falls) and Max Patch (in Hot Springs). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Bear Creek Adventures Mini Golf and Gem Mining, trek along Goldmine Loop Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bartram Trail.

Before you visit Bryson City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Miami Beach to Bryson City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Miami Beach in December, with highs in Bryson City at 54°F and lows at 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Highlands, Whiteside Mountain, Waterrock Knob, Bartram Trail, Bear Creek Adventures Mini Golf and Gem Mining
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Max Patch ©
Max Patch

5
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
For shopping fun, head to Pisgah Forest Gem Mine or St.Claire Art. Get a sense of the local culture at Biltmore and American Folk Art & Framing. Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain), Bearwallow Mountain (in Hendersonville) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Pisgah National Forest, get outside with Brookside Guides, stroll through Greenway Bike Trail, and hike along Devil's Courthouse.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Asheville holiday tool .

Drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In December in Asheville, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pisgah Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Zipline, Greenway Bike Trail, Bearwallow Mountain
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 12:
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Zipline
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest

4
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock ©
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Lansing Creeper Trail Park. Get out of town with these interesting Blowing Rock side-trips: Carolina Country Wines (in West Jefferson), Morganton (Thermal Valley & Catawba River Greenway) and Gem Valley LLC (in Jefferson). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Vx3 Trail Rides, stroll through Flat Rock Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rough Ridge Lookout, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Lenoir Greenway.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock trip planner .

Drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in December, you will find days in Blowing Rock are slightly colder (48°F), and nights are about the same (31°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Winston Salem.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Linville, Morganton, Carolina Country Wines, Gem Valley LLC, Lenoir Greenway
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Vx3 Trail Rides ©
Vx3 Trail Rides
Zipline
Table Rock Trail ©
Table Rock Trail

4
nights
Winston Salem

Winston Salem ©
Winston-Salem is a city in and the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States. Popular historic sites such as Eno Gallery and Old Town Cemetery are in your itinerary. Head to Richard Childress Racing and FRANK Galleryfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Winston Salem: Occoneechee Orange Speedway (in Hillsborough), Burlington (Conservators Center & Haw River Trail & Paddle Trail) and Ambleside Gallery (in Greensboro). There's still lots to do: stroll around Hanging Rock State Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Pedego Electric Bikes Triangle, get engrossed in the history at Museum & Archives of Rockingham County, and stroll through Richland Creek Canopy Tours.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Winston Salem online route planner .

Getting from Blowing Rock to Winston Salem by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in December, Winston Salem is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Winston Salem

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hillsborough, Burlington, FRANK Gallery, Richard Childress Racing, Ambleside Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Hanging Rock State Park ©
Hanging Rock State Park

4
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
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. Head to Fine Art at Baxters and Cape Fear Spice Merchantsfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Wilmington side-trips: Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary (in Hubert), Lumber River State Park (in Orrum) and Holden Beach (in Holden Beach). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, look for all kinds of wild species at Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, and get your game on at Battle House.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Wilmington trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Winston Salem to Wilmington takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Winston Salem in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wilmington: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Fine Art at Baxters, Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary, Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Oak Island Beach
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Battle House ©
Battle House
Hammocks Beach State Park ©
Hammocks Beach State Park
Holden Beach ©
Holden Beach

7
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to New York City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, New York City is little chillier than Wilmington - with highs of 48°F and lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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