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Best Time to Fly to North Carolina
Summer is the high season along the coast, and Charlotte is busy with festivals and sporting events. Book North Carolina flights and hotels in advance if you’re heading to Charlotte during the summer months. Most state and local fairs are held in August and September.
March to November is prime golf season. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park are packed in summer and fall. Peak season in the mountains is October, and the monarch butterfly annual migration draws crowds around Wagon Road Gap. Fall is also the best time for fishing at Cape Lookout.
Cheap flights to North Carolina and discounted hotel rooms are commonly found during spring, fall, and early winter. January and February can be quite cold and many businesses are closed.
Popular Destinations in North Carolina
A coastline in the east and mountains in the west present a variety of weather conditions. The mountains average 30 degrees (F) in January and 65 in August. The southern coast can be in the 60s in January, with summer temperatures cooled to the 70s by ocean breezes. The Piedmont gets very hot and humid with temperatures in the 90s. August through October is the peak hurricane season.Spring is brilliant with blooms everywhere and fall with the changing colors.
With several state airports offering in-state North Carolina flights, catching a cheap flight to North Carolina cities and counties is a quick way to get around the state. There is train service to the major inland cities, and frequent bus service in the Piedmont (the central part of the state). Along the coast there are ferries that connect some of the coastal towns and auto ferries along the coastal sounds and rivers.
The shoreline and mountains in the west are best explored by car, especially the Blue Ridge Parkway through the mountains. The highways tend to be well maintained and some have rest areas with picnic and cooking facilities.
Charlotte’s Uptown area is walkable and has the free Gold Rush shuttle. The city also has trolley service, and the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) provides public transportation throughout the city. The downtown areas of the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill) are good to explore on foot, especially Chapel Hill. The towns also have convenient and inexpensive public transportation.
(prices quoted are from London)