10 days in North Carolina & Charleston Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina & Charleston Itinerary

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10 days in North Carolina & Charleston Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Charleston
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes U.S. National Whitewater Center. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take a spin around town with U.S. National Whitewater Center and then see the interesting displays at Carolinas Aviation Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Charlotte journey planning website .

Philadelphia to Charlotte is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. July in Charlotte sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Charlotte

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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U.S. National Whitewater Center ©
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Carolinas Aviation Museum ©
Carolinas Aviation Museum

3
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Take a break from the city and head to Folly Beach Public Beach and Litchfield Beach. Get some historical perspective at Fort Sumter National Monument and Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Charleston City Market, stroll around Joe Riley Waterfront Park, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and admire the natural beauty at Washington Square.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Charleston trip planner .

You can fly from Charlotte to Charleston in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. July in Charleston sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Folly Beach Public Beach
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Folly Beach Public Beach ©
Folly Beach Public Beach
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens ©
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Washington Square
Washington Square

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Grovewood Village and then cruise along Blue Ridge Parkway. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a taste of the local shopping with River Arts District, then examine the collection at Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Asheville trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Charleston to Asheville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Charleston in July, things will get slightly colder in Asheville: highs are around 84°F and lows about 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Blue Ridge Pkwy
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River Arts District ©
River Arts District
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

1
night
Cherokee

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
You've now added Pincu Pottery to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Pincu Pottery, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cherokee online journey planner .

Drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Cherokee can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Bryson City
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River Rafting & Tubing
Pincu Pottery ©
Pincu Pottery

2
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
You've now added Fourth Ward to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take a stroll through Fourth Ward. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, test your problem-solving skills at Escape Kings, and then get in on the family fun at Carowinds.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Charlotte online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Cherokee to Charlotte in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, Charlotte is somewhat warmer than Cherokee - with highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve
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NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Discovery Place Science ©
Discovery Place Science

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