10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Wilmington
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cherokee
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + Bus + Train:  4​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial and then get your game on at Outer Banks Old Time Photos. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind The Monument to a Century of Flight, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally admire the majestic nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nags Head online day trip planner .

Washington DC to Nags Head is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nags Head, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, The Monument to a Century of Flight
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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 ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then have some family-friendly fun at Battle House, then brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, and finally stop by Old Books on Front Street.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilmington trip planning tool .

You can 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. In October, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games Shopping
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then get curious at Discovery Place Science, and then get your game on at Escape Kings. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Carowinds and then browse the collection at Billy Graham Library.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Charlotte road trip site .

You can fly from Wilmington to Charlotte in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Charlotte, with lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

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nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Asheville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Asheville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Charlotte in October: highs in Asheville hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Zipline, Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Zipline
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.
On the 18th (Fri), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then relax in the rural setting at Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, hunt for treasures at Barber Orchard Fruitstand, and then see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Cherokee trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese, Dry Falls, River Rafting & Tubing, Barber Orchard Fruitstand, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
River Rafting & Tubing

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