10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Houston
+3
bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Raleigh
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Houston

1
night
Cherokee

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): look for gifts at The Dillsboro Chocolate Factory.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cherokee online road trip planner .

Houston to Cherokee is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Cherokee. In December, Cherokee is slightly colder than Houston - with highs of 54°F and lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, The Dillsboro Chocolate Factory
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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad ©
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee ©
Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee

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 3rd (Mon): examine the collection at Biltmore Estate, then take in the exciting artwork at St.Claire Art, and then explore and take pictures at Blueridge Parkway. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville tour builder app .

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in December, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trip

Blueridge Parkway
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Biltmore Estate ©
Biltmore Estate
Food Tours
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Carowinds, then get lost in a book at Billy Graham Libary, and then examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Discovery Place Science, then get in on the family fun at Richard Petty Driving Experience, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read Charlotte holiday planning tool .

Getting from Asheville to Charlotte by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and flight. In December in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Richard Petty Driving Experience
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Carowinds ©
Carowinds
Billy Graham Libary ©
Billy Graham Libary
Richard Petty Driving Experience ©

1
night
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Nags Head is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, then stop by Seagreen Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nags Head travel planning site .

Getting from Charlotte to Nags Head by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. In December, daily temperatures in Nags Head can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Wright Brothers National Memorial
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Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Wilmington is a port city and the county seat of New Hanover County in coastal southeastern North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stop by The Black Cat Shoppe, learn about all things military at Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, then have some family-friendly fun at Battle House, and finally do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Wilmington road trip planner .

You can drive from Nags Head to Wilmington in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Nags Head in December, you will find days in Wilmington are somewhat warmer (63°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums Wineries Fun & Games
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Battle House ©
Battle House
Noni Bacca Winery ©
Noni Bacca Winery
Battleship NORTH CAROLINA ©
Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

2
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Cameron Indoor Stadium, admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then have fun and explore at Marbles Kids Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pullen Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Raleigh online tour itinerary maker .

Drive from Wilmington to Raleigh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in December, things will get little chillier in Raleigh: highs are around 57°F and lows about 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Durham
Highlights from your plan
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Cameron Indoor Stadium ©
Cameron Indoor Stadium

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