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

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

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

Start: Ocean City
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Miami Beach
— 8 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Highlands
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Asheville
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Blowing Rock
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Greensboro
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Raleigh
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Nags Head
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: Ocean City

8
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.
Let the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial capture your imagination. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fifth Avenue and Seaport District NYC. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Times Square, steep yourself in history at Ellis Island, don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty National Monument, and admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection.

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Ocean City to New York City is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Miami Beach.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 25:
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

8
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Shark Valley Visitor Center and 99 Mile Wilderness Waterway. For shopping fun, head to Lincoln Road or Britto Central. Explore Miami Beach's surroundings by going to Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (in Tavernier), Everglades National Park (Anhinga Trail, Slough Slog, & more) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Islamorada). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Collins Avenue, grab your bike and head to Florida Keys Visitor Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, and look for gifts at Wings Beachwear.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Miami Beach trip maker .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Miami Beach takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Miami Beach to be much warmer, temps between 81°F and 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Highlands.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Miracle Mile, Fishing Charters & Tours, Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum
Find places to stay Dec 25 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Gumbo Limbo Trail ©
Gumbo Limbo Trail

4
nights
Highlands

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Elizabeth Ellison Gallery and Pincu Pottery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Whiteside Mountain and Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Highlands: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City), Oaks Gallery at the Riverwood Shops (in Dillsboro) and Devil's Courthouse (in Pisgah Forest). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, explore the striking landscape at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, and stop by A Jones Company.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Highlands trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Miami Beach to Highlands takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Miami Beach in January: high temperatures in Highlands hover around 48°F and lows are around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bryson City, Santeetlah Lake, Oaks Gallery at the Riverwood Shops, Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center, Devil's Courthouse
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

5
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Appreciate the collections at Biltmore and It's By Nature. Do your shopping at Pisgah Forest Gem Mine and Philip DeAngelo Studio. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure), DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain) and Pisgah National Forest (in Pisgah Forest). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, take in the exciting artwork at Blue Spiral 1, shop like a local with American Folk Art & Framing, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Asheville online road trip planner .

You can drive from Highlands to Asheville in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. In January in Asheville, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Pisgah Forest, It's By Nature, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Zipline, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Pisgah Forest Gem Mine ©
Pisgah Forest Gem Mine
Zipline
Biltmore ©
Biltmore

5
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock ©
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Get outdoors at Zipline and Catawba River Greenway. For shopping fun, head to Honey Hole or Caldwell Arts Council. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blowing Rock: Six Waterpots Vineyard and Winery (in Hudson), Linville (Rough Ridge Lookout, Flat Rock Trail, & more) and Thermal Valley (in Morganton). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Vx3 Trail Rides, hike along Bass Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Jefferson State Park, and stroll through Table Rock Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock online trip builder .

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Asheville in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Blowing Rock: temperatures range from 41°F by day to 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Linville, Lenoir, Morganton, Honey Hole, Menarick Vineyard & Winery
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Vx3 Trail Rides ©
Vx3 Trail Rides
Zipline
Table Rock Trail ©
Table Rock Trail

5
nights
Greensboro

Greensboro ©
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. Do some cultural sightseeing at Richard Childress Racing and Stony Knoll Vineyards. Escape the urban bustle at Conservators Center and Pilot Mountain State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Greensboro: Piedmon Craftsmen (in Winston Salem), The Curious Peddler (in Mebane) and Hanging Rock State Park (in Danbury). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Seagrove Creations Pottery Gallery, do a tasting at Stonefield Cellars Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Ambleside Gallery, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Piedmont Triad Farmers Market.

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

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Greensboro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, Greensboro is a bit warmer than Blowing Rock - with highs of 48°F and lows of 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Hanging Rock State Park, The Curious Peddler, Tanglewood Park, Stony Knoll Vineyards, Piedmon Craftsmen
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Hanging Rock State Park ©
Hanging Rock State Park
Richard Childress Racing ©
Richard Childress Racing

5
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Escape the urban bustle at Sylvan Heights Bird Park and Beaverdam Recreation Area. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery and Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Raleigh: Alpaca Dreams (in Louisburg), Chapel Hill (The Carolina Basketball Museum & FRANK Gallery) and Country Doctor Museum (in Bailey). There's lots more to do: trek along Neuse River Trail, browse for treasures at Raleigh Furniture Gallery, head outdoors with Weymouth Woods, and get a taste of the local shopping with David McCune International Art Gallery.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Raleigh day trip tool .

Getting from Greensboro to Raleigh by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Raleigh can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery, Country Doctor Museum, Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Sylvan Heights Bird Park ©
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Neuse River Trail ©
Neuse River Trail

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.
The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery and Dare County Arts Council are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC or Blue Pelican Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nags Head: Arts of the Albemarle (in Elizabeth City), Off-Road Tours (in Corolla) and Frisco Beach (in Frisco). And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, look for all kinds of wild species at North Pond Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nags Head trip maker .

Getting from Raleigh to Nags Head by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in January, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatteras Island, Manteo, Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC, Frisco Beach, The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Off-Road Tours

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