60 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Charlotte
— 6 nights
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Bryson City
— 5 nights
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Asheville
— 8 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 6 nights
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Greensboro
— 6 nights
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Raleigh
— 7 nights
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Wilmington
— 7 nights
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Hatteras Island
— 6 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 4 nights
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Corolla
— 4 nights
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Discovery Place Science and North Carolina Transportation Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Mint Museum Uptown and Carolinas Aviation Museum. Explore Charlotte's surroundings by going to Crowders Mountain State Park (in Kings Mountain), Morrow Mountain State Park (in Albemarle) and Treehouse Vineyards (in Monroe). There's much more to do: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, hike along Little Sugar Creek Greenway, identify plant and animal life at McDowell Nature Center and Preserve, and have fun and explore at Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Charlotte trip planner.

Vienna, Austria to Charlotte is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. In December, Charlotte is somewhat warmer than Vienna - with highs of 17°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can fly to Bryson City.
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Bryson City — 5 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Smoky Mountain Trains Museum and Mingus Mill. Visiting Lake Glenville Scenic Waterfall Cruises and Whiteside Mountain will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bryson City: Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center (in Scaly Mountain), Silver Run Falls (in Cashiers) and Whitewater Falls (in Sapphire). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fields of the Wood, take in the dramatic scenery at Bust Your Butt Falls, learn about winemaking at Deep Creek Winery, and get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bryson City trip maker app.

Fly from Charlotte to Bryson City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Charlotte in January, Bryson City is little chillier at night with lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.
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Asheville — 8 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Grovewood Village and Biltmore Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Beer Tastings & Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Pisgah Forest (Pisgah National Forest & Climbing Tours), Cataloochee Valley (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Hendersonville (Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards & Burntshirt Vineyards). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Thomas Wolfe Memorial, take in the dramatic scenery at Soco Falls, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip builder website.

Drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.
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Blowing Rock — 6 nights

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Step off the beaten path and head to Zipline and Flat Top Manor. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery. Explore Blowing Rock's surroundings by going to Saint Mary's Episcopal Church (in West Jefferson), Mount Jefferson State Park (in Jefferson) and Linville Gorge (in Linville Falls). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Appalachian Ski Mtn., get engrossed in the history at Artists in Residence at Edgewood Cottage, walk around Grandfather Mountain State Park, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

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Drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Asheville, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Blowing Rock, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Greensboro.
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Greensboro — 6 nights

Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Step off the beaten path and head to International Civil Rights Center & Museum and Denton Farm Park. Visit Salem God's Acre Cemetery and Greensboro History Museum for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Winston Salem (Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Shell-shaped Gas Station, &more), JOLO Winery & Vineyards (in Pilot Mountain) and Conservators Center (in Burlington). There's lots more to do: stroll around Tanglewood Park, contemplate the long history of Korner's Folly, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and do a tasting at RayLen Vineyards.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Greensboro online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Greensboro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in January, expect Greensboro to be a bit warmer, temps between 10°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Raleigh.
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Raleigh — 7 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Visit Duke University Chapel and Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Yates Mill County Park and 1897 Poe House. Get out of town with these interesting Raleigh side-trips: Durham (Bennett Place Historic Site & Duke Lemur Center), Hillsborough (Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area & Ayr Mount Historic Site) and Sylvan Heights Bird Park (in Scotland Neck). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Umstead State Park, take in the pleasant sights at Cape Fear Botanical Garden, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire the majestic nature at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Raleigh travel website.

Traveling by car from Greensboro to Raleigh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Raleigh are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 7 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Airlie Gardens and Wilmington Railroad Museum. Get some historical perspective at Poplar Grove Plantation and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island), Southport (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Trinity United Methodist Church, &more) and Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum (in Bald Head Island). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, enjoy the sand and surf at Holden Beach, do a tasting at Duplin Winery, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

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Traveling by car from Raleigh to Wilmington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Raleigh in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wilmington: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Hatteras Island.
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Hatteras Island — 6 nights

You'll get in some beach time at Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Ocracoke Lighthouse and British Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Hatteras Island: Springers Point (in Ocracoke), Kill Devil Hills (Wright Brothers National Memorial & Nags Head Woods Preserve) and Kitty Hawk (Monument to a Century of Flight, Outer Banks Yoga, &more).

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hatteras Island vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Hatteras Island takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Hatteras Island are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manteo.
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Manteo, Roanoke Island — 4 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Take a break from the city and head to Jockey's Ridge State Park and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and Island Farm will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Manteo to Manns Harbor to see Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, get engrossed in the history at Buffalo City Exhibit, stop by The Christmas Shop, and take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Manteo trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Manteo in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Manteo when traveling from Hatteras Island in February, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Corolla.
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Corolla — 4 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Back Country Safari Tours and Whalehead Club. Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Currituck Banks Reserve will get you outdoors. Take a break from Corolla with a short trip to Carova Beach in Carova, about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Currituck Beach, identify plant and animal life at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, visit Scarborough Lane Shoppes, and take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Corolla journey maker site.

You can drive from Manteo to Corolla in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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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.
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