10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Rockford
Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Durham
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Rockford

2
nights
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 7th (Sat): walk around Pullen Park, explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Conservators Center, then engage your brain at Marbles Kids Museum, and then get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Durham online trip maker .

Rockford to Durham is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Rockford in March, expect Durham to be somewhat warmer, temps between 61°F and 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Durham

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Raleigh, Conservators Center
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Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel

2
nights
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the galleries of Wright Brothers National Memorial, then shop like a local with The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nags Head trip app .

Drive from Durham to Nags Head in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durham in March: highs in Nags Head hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Broomtail Craft Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, then get your game on at Battle House, then make a trip to Riverwalk, and finally take a stroll through Historic District.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Wilmington road trip app .

Drive from Nags Head to Wilmington in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. While traveling from Nags Head, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Wilmington, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

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

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 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve. Keep things going the next day: join the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway, then get outside with Stewart Haas Racing, and then find something for the whole family at Carowinds.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Charlotte tour itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Wilmington to Charlotte in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Charlotte are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Charlotte Motor Speedway, Stewart Haas Racing, Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 14th (Sat), sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Here are some ideas for day two: savor the flavors at Biltmore and then take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville visit planner .

Getting from Charlotte to Asheville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Charlotte in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Asheville: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum
Lexington Glassworks ©
Lexington Glassworks

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