41 days in North Carolina Itinerary

41 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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41 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
1
Charlotte
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Wilmington
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Nags Head
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Raleigh
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Greensboro
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Blowing Rock
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Asheville
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Bryson City
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

4
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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: The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville), Richard Petty Driving Experience (in Concord) and Crooked Creek Park (in Indian Trail). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Escape Kings, examine the collection at Carolinas Aviation Museum, find something for the whole family at Carowinds, and browse the collection at Billy Graham Library.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Charlotte tour itinerary planning website .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Charlotte. November in Charlotte sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Concord, Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, The Lazy 5 Ranch, Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, Muddy River Distillery
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
Darby Acres Farm ©
Darby Acres Farm

5
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
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 (Trinity United Methodist Church & Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry), North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Topsail Island (in Surf City). There's much more to do: get your game on at Battle House, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, sample the tasty concoctions at Front Street Brewery, and contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Wilmington visit app .

You can fly from Charlotte to Wilmington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in November, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Southport, Wrightsville Beach, The Smash Shack, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:
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Battle House ©
Battle House
Room Escape Games
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton), Corolla (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, & more) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, stroll around Dowdy Park, take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nags Head online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Wilmington to Nags Head in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Wilmington in November, you will find days in Nags Head are a bit cooler (61°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Corolla, Manteo, Kill Devil Hills, Duck Town Boardwalk, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:
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Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Off-Road Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

5
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Get out of town with these interesting Raleigh side-trips: The Carolina Basketball Museum (in Chapel Hill), Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville) and Sylvan Heights Bird Park (in Scotland Neck). There's much more to do: hike along Neuse River Trail, get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, take an in-depth tour of Marbles Kids Museum, and explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Raleigh trip planner .

You can drive from Nags Head to Raleigh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Nags Head in December, Raleigh is slightly colder at night with lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Durham, The Carolina Basketball Museum, Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Airborne and Special Operations Museum
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Sylvan Heights Bird Park ©
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Neuse River Trail ©
Neuse River Trail

5
nights
Greensboro

Greensboro ©
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Greensboro side-trips: Uwharrie Crystalline (in Seagrove), North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro) and Winston Salem (Reynolda House Museum of American Art & Old Salem Museums & Gardens). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Conservators Center, get your game on at Kersey Valley Spooky Woods, shop like a local with Ambleside Gallery, and stroll around Hanging Rock State Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Greensboro trip simple and quick.

Getting from Raleigh to Greensboro by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Greensboro, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Mount Airy, Burlington, Winston Salem, Kersey Valley Spooky Woods, Uwharrie Crystalline
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Room Escape Games

5
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock ©
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Explore Blowing Rock's surroundings by going to Jefferson (Mount Jefferson State Park & Gem Valley LLC), Landmark Farm Alpacas (in Grassy Creek) and Rough Ridge Lookout (in Linville). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, find something for the whole family at Tweetsie Railroad, admire the majestic nature at New River State Park, and trot along with Vx3 Trail Rides.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Blowing Rock trip app .

Drive from Greensboro to Blowing Rock in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Greensboro in December: high temperatures in Blowing Rock hover around 48°F and lows are around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Jefferson, Linville, Boone, Landmark Farm Alpacas, Mast General Store
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Vx3 Trail Rides ©
Vx3 Trail Rides
Zipline
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

6
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Biltmore, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Asheville vacation app .

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Blowing Rock in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Asheville, with highs around 54°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Zipline, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Room Escape Games

5
nights
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Get out of town with these interesting Bryson City side-trips: Max Patch (in Hot Springs), Maggie Valley (B&C Winery & Waterrock Knob) and Robbinsville (Santeetlah Lake & Wehrloom Honey). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryson City trip planner .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Bryson City are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cherokee, Highlands, Maggie Valley, Robbinsville, Cherohala Skyway
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls

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