11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Kill Devil Hills
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Durham
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 22nd (Sun), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, then don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, and finally take a stroll through Historic District.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Wilmington trip maker website .

San Francisco to Wilmington is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Wilmington, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In December in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kill Devil Hills.

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

1
night
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, then take in the exciting artwork at The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery, then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kill Devil Hills day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Wilmington to Kill Devil Hills in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Wilmington in December, expect nights in Kill Devil Hills to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are little chillier, around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nags Head
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Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

2
nights
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): walk around Pullen Park, admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Conservators Center, then have fun and explore at Marbles Kids Museum, and then get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Durham trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Kill Devil Hills to Durham by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Kill Devil Hills in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Durham, with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Asheville.

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

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley) and Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee (in Cherokee). There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Durham to Asheville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours Fun & Games Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

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 30th (Mon): examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then get your game on at Escape Kings, and then get in on the family fun at Carowinds. On your second day here, get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, join the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and then have fun and explore at Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Charlotte route maker app .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville, Charlotte Motor Speedway
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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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