11 days in North Carolina & Richmond Itinerary

11 days in North Carolina & Richmond Itinerary

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11 days in North Carolina & Richmond Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Drive:  3​h
1
Raleigh
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Wilmington
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Asheville
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Richmond
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Durham

1
day
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 29th (Sat): engage your brain at Marbles Kids Museum, then learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally stroll around Pullen Park.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Raleigh road trip app .

Charlotte to Raleigh is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Raleigh can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art
Pullen Park ©
Pullen Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, then look for gifts at Seagreen Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nags Head travel planner .

Drive from Raleigh to Nags Head in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. While traveling from Raleigh, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nags Head, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Jennette's Pier ©
Jennette's Pier

1
night
Wilmington

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 1st (Mon), brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, then look for gifts at Old Books on Front Street, then make a trip to Riverwalk, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Wilmington trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Nags Head to Wilmington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nags Head in June: highs in Wilmington hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games Shopping
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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.
On the 2nd (Tue), get in on the family fun at Carowinds, then get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, and then identify plant and animal life at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Discovery Place Science, then see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, and then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Kings.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Charlotte tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Wilmington to Charlotte in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
Carowinds ©
Carowinds

1
night
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 4th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bryson City trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Charlotte to Bryson City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in July; daily highs in Bryson City reach 83°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Cherokee
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum and then take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Parkway. On the next day, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. In July in Asheville, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Zipline
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Zipline
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

2
nights
Richmond

Richmond ©
The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): make a splash at Water Country USA. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Maymont, explore the world behind art at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Episcopal Church.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Richmond online travel route planner .

Fly from Asheville to Richmond in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Asheville in July: high temperatures in Richmond hover around 90°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Richmond

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Water Country USA
Highlights from your plan
Water Country USA ©
Water Country USA
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts ©
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Maymont ©
Maymont

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