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Best time to visit North Carolina

Our verdict

The best time to visit North Carolina is April-May

North Carolina is a place lots of people visit almost all year round, but if you’re looking for the best time to go, April-May is definitely the time you should visit. This is based on a number of factors such as the weather, cost of flights and accommodation, peak travel periods and more.

In summer, the daytime temperatures in central Charlotte, North Carolina can reach a top of 34℃ (94℉). The temperature at night in the winter can drop to as low as -3℃ (27℉), although this can differ at other destinations across North Carolina depending on the geography.

The days are longest in North Carolina in July, so if you want to see the sights during the day when the sun is up for the longest time, it’s best to visit around that time of year. To stay dry, avoid travelling to North Carolina in August – It’s the wettest month of the year.

Keep reading to read all the info you need (and none of the stuff you don’t) about the best times to go to North Carolina. By the time you get to the bottom, you’ll have found out all there is to know about when to go, and you’ll be ready to start booking your flights! Who knows, we might even have some surprises waiting for you when you get there!

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

October

Most daylight

July

North Carolina seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. North Carolina is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Best time to visit the top destinations in North Carolina

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
AshevilleOctober
7℃
-2℃
9℃
-0℃
13℃
3℃
19℃
8℃
23℃
11℃
28℃
15℃
29℃
17℃
28℃
16℃
25℃
13℃
19℃
8℃
13℃
3℃
9℃
1℃
Blowing RockApril-May
5℃
-3℃
7℃
-1℃
12℃
2℃
18℃
7℃
23℃
12℃
27℃
15℃
29℃
16℃
28℃
15℃
25℃
13℃
19℃
8℃
12℃
2℃
7℃
0℃
BooneSeptember-November
5℃
-4℃
7℃
-2℃
11℃
2℃
17℃
7℃
22℃
11℃
26℃
14℃
28℃
16℃
27℃
15℃
24℃
13℃
18℃
7℃
12℃
2℃
7℃
-0℃
CharlotteMarch-May
9℃
1℃
12℃
3℃
16℃
6℃
22℃
11℃
26℃
16℃
31℃
19℃
33℃
21℃
31℃
20℃
28℃
18℃
22℃
12℃
15℃
6℃
12℃
4℃
Emerald IsleNovember
0℃
-8℃
2℃
-5℃
7℃
-1℃
11℃
1℃
17℃
5℃
24℃
10℃
29℃
15℃
28℃
15℃
23℃
10℃
14℃
4℃
7℃
-2℃
1℃
-7℃
McadenvilleApril-May
9℃
1℃
12℃
2℃
16℃
6℃
22℃
11℃
26℃
15℃
31℃
19℃
32℃
21℃
31℃
20℃
28℃
17℃
22℃
11℃
15℃
6℃
11℃
3℃
Nags HeadMarch-April
8℃
4℃
8℃
4℃
9℃
4℃
11℃
6℃
13℃
8℃
16℃
10℃
17℃
12℃
17℃
12℃
16℃
11℃
13℃
9℃
10℃
6℃
8℃
5℃
OcracokeMarch-April
13℃
8℃
13℃
9℃
15℃
11℃
18℃
15℃
22℃
19℃
26℃
24℃
27℃
26℃
27℃
26℃
26℃
24℃
22℃
20℃
18℃
14℃
15℃
11℃
PinehurstMarch-May
10℃
1℃
12℃
3℃
16℃
6℃
22℃
12℃
26℃
16℃
31℃
20℃
32℃
22℃
31℃
21℃
28℃
18℃
22℃
12℃
16℃
6℃
12℃
4℃
RaleighMarch-April
9℃
1℃
12℃
2℃
15℃
6℃
21℃
11℃
26℃
16℃
30℃
20℃
32℃
22℃
31℃
21℃
28℃
18℃
22℃
12℃
15℃
6℃
12℃
4℃
WilmingtonMarch-April
12℃
5℃
14℃
6℃
17℃
9℃
22℃
14℃
26℃
19℃
29℃
23℃
31℃
24℃
30℃
24℃
28℃
21℃
23℃
16℃
18℃
10℃
15℃
8℃
Wrightsville BeachOctober-November
12℃
6℃
14℃
7℃
17℃
10℃
21℃
15℃
25℃
20℃
29℃
23℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
24℃
28℃
22℃
23℃
17℃
18℃
11℃
15℃
9℃
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Top FAQs

North Carolina is in North America.
You can check out the full list of awesome destinations and hidden gems to explore in North Carolina here.
The warmest month of the year in Charlotte, one of the most popular places to visit in North Carolina, is July.
The driest month of the year in Charlotte, North Carolina, is usually around October each year.

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