11 days in North Carolina & Jacksonville Itinerary

11 days in North Carolina & Jacksonville Itinerary

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11 days in North Carolina & Jacksonville Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  5​h
1
Raleigh
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
New Bern
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Atlantic Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Jacksonville
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Asheville
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
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 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at North Carolina Museum of History.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Raleigh trip itinerary builder .

Minneapolis to Raleigh is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Raleigh. Traveling from Minneapolis in March, things will get a bit warmer in Raleigh: highs are around 61°F and lows about 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to New Bern.

Things to do in Raleigh

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Duke University Chapel
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Umstead State Park ©
Umstead State Park
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel
North Carolina Museum of History ©
North Carolina Museum of History

1
night
New Bern

New Bern ©
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Foscue Plantation, then get engrossed in the history at North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace, then contemplate the long history of Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, and finally shop like a local with Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the New Bern driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Raleigh to New Bern in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in New Bern sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Atlantic Beach.

Things to do in New Bern

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Foscue Plantation
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Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola ©
Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola
Foscue Plantation ©
Foscue Plantation

1
night
Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach ©
Atlantic Beach is a town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): examine the collection at North Carolina Maritime Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Fort Macon, and then admire the majestic nature at Fort Macon State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Atlantic Beach trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from New Bern to Atlantic Beach takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in March, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Atlantic Beach

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

North Carolina Maritime Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park
North Carolina Maritime Museum ©
North Carolina Maritime Museum

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 26th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, and then get to know the fascinating history of Wilmington National Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Bellamy Mansion, take a stroll through Historic District, and then kick back and relax at Oak Island Beach.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Wilmington trip planner .

Getting from Atlantic Beach to Wilmington by car takes about 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Oak Island Beach
Highlights from your plan
Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Historic District ©
Historic District

3
nights
Jacksonville

Jacksonville ©
The sprawling city of Jacksonville is not only Florida's most populous city, but also the largest city by land area in the continental United States.
Get some historical perspective at Mission of Nombre de Dios and Fernandina Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Colonial Quarter and Villa Zorayda Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Jacksonville side-trips: Memorial Presbyterian Church (in St. Augustine), St. Augustine Beach (in Saint Augustine Beach) and Vilano Beach (in Vilano Beach). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Jacksonville Beach, contemplate the long history of Amelia Island Historic District, play a few rounds at TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course, and admire the masterpieces at The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Jacksonville trip planner .

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Jacksonville takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Wilmington in March: high temperatures in Jacksonville hover around 73°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Augustine, Amelia Island, Jacksonville Beach, TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course
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Vilano Beach ©
Vilano Beach
Jacksonville Beach ©
Jacksonville Beach
Mission of Nombre de Dios ©
Mission of Nombre de Dios

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day
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 1st (Mon), steep yourself in history at Grovewood Village, see the interesting displays at Asheville Pinball Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and finally shop like a local with Lexington Glassworks.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Asheville trip planning site .

You can drive from Jacksonville to Asheville in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April, Asheville is little chillier than Jacksonville - with highs of 69°F and lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village
Basilica of Saint Lawrence ©
Basilica of Saint Lawrence
Asheville Pinball Museum ©
Asheville Pinball Museum

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