10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 31st (Tue), take a tour of Battleship North Carolina and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Front Street Brewery, then have some family-friendly fun at Battle House, and finally make a trip to Riverwalk.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Wilmington day trip planning tool .

Atlanta to Wilmington is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Battle House ©
Battle House
Room Escape Games
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

1
night
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Durham tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Durham takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Wilmington, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Durham, ranging from highs of 50°F to lows of 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Durham

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

North Carolina Museum of Art
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Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art

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 3rd (Fri): find something for the whole family at Carowinds, then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, and then browse the collection at Billy Graham Library. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Discovery Place Science, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Muddy River Distillery, and then see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Charlotte road trip website .

You can drive from Durham to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Muddy River Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Step out of Asheville with an excursion to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park in Chimney Rock--about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Biltmore, admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

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Traveling by car from Charlotte to Asheville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Charlotte in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Asheville, with highs around 47°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Blue Ridge Pkwy
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Room Escape Games

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Waterrock Knob, then examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cherokee vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. January in Cherokee sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, Dry Falls, River Rafting & Tubing
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Waterrock Knob
Waterrock Knob

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