10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Raleigh
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Greensboro
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Valle Crucis
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Asheville
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

3
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Head to Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery and FRANK Galleryfor some retail therapy. Appreciate the collections at Jugtown Pottery and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. When in Raleigh, make a side trip to see Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck, approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Artspace, admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, take a stroll through North Hills, and identify plant and animal life at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Raleigh tour itinerary planner.

Fort Lauderdale to Raleigh is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December, things will get colder in Raleigh: highs are around 57°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Jugtown Pottery, FRANK Gallery, Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery
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Sylvan Heights Bird Park ©
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art

2
nights
Greensboro

Greensboro ©
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, then look for all kinds of wild species at Conservators Center, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Gibsonville Antiques & Collectibles. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Seagrove Creations Pottery Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Richard Childress Racing, and then see the interesting displays at International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Greensboro online road trip planner .

You can drive from Raleigh to Greensboro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Greensboro sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Valle Crucis.

Things to do in Greensboro

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Seagrove Creations Pottery Gallery, Richard Childress Racing, Gibsonville Antiques & Collectibles, Conservators Center, Piedmont Triad Farmers Market
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Richard Childress Racing ©
Richard Childress Racing

1
night
Valle Crucis

Valle Crucis ©
Valle Crucis in an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): stroll through Vx3 Trail Rides, take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally look for gifts at Mast General Store.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Valle Crucis travel planner .

Drive from Greensboro to Valle Crucis in 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Greensboro in December, with highs in Valle Crucis at 48°F and lows at 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Valle Crucis

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Vx3 Trail Rides, Fishing Charters & Tours, Grandfather Mountain
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Vx3 Trail Rides ©
Vx3 Trail Rides
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Biltmore and St.Claire Art. Get in touch with nature at Blue Ridge Pkwy and The North Carolina Arboretum. Change things up with a short trip to DuPont State Recreational Forest in Cedar Mountain (about 54 minutes away). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at New Morning Gallery, shop like a local with Woolworth Walk, and take a stroll through River Arts District.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Asheville road trip app .

You can drive from Valle Crucis to Asheville in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Valle Crucis in December: highs in Asheville hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, DuPont State Recreational Forest
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
DuPont State Recreational Forest ©
DuPont State Recreational Forest
New Morning Gallery ©
New Morning Gallery

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