11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  9​h
1
Raleigh
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: San Jose

1
night
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at North Carolina Museum of History, then get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then stroll through Pullen Park, and finally have fun and explore at Marbles Kids Museum. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and finally explore and take pictures at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Raleigh trip planner .

San Jose to Raleigh is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Raleigh is 3 hours. In January, Raleigh is little chillier than San Jose - with highs of 50°F and lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Durham
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Cameron Indoor Stadium ©
Cameron Indoor Stadium
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens

2
nights
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): learn about all things military at Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, then sample the tasty concoctions at Front Street Brewery, then make a trip to Riverwalk, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On your second day here, take a stroll through Historic District, do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery, then contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, and finally get your game on at Battle House.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilmington tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Raleigh to Wilmington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Raleigh in January, you will find days in Wilmington are a bit warmer (57°F), and nights are about the same (35°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games Museums Neighborhoods
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Battle House ©
Battle House
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Room Escape Games

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 14th (Mon): get lost in a book at Billy Graham Libary, then examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally explore and take pictures at The Bank of America Stadium. Keep things going the next day: get curious at Discovery Place Science, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Muddy River Distillery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Freedom Park.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Charlotte online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Charlotte takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Wilmington in January; daily highs in Charlotte reach 52°F and lows reach 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Muddy River Distillery
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NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
Discovery Place Science ©
Discovery Place Science

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
When in Asheville, make a side trip to see Chimney Rock State Park in Chimney Rock, approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Biltmore Estate, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Charlotte to Asheville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from Charlotte, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Asheville, ranging from highs of 47°F to lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Food Tours
Beer Tastings & Tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): examine the collection at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and then examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cherokee trip planner .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Cherokee can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Highlights from your plan
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee ©
Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

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