11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Raleigh
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Wilmington
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Houston

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, then explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, then steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, and finally appreciate the history behind The Monument to a Century of Flight.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Nags Head online itinerary planner .

Houston to Nags Head is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Houston in September, with highs in Nags Head at 79°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

The Monument to a Century of Flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial
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Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

1
night
Raleigh

Raleigh
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 19th (Thu), engage your brain at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, explore the engaging exhibits at Marbles Kids Museum, then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally stroll around Pullen Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Raleigh road trip planning website .

Getting from Nags Head to Raleigh by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nags Head in September since evenings lows in Raleigh dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

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
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then get your game on at Battle House, then take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, and finally stop by Old Books on Front Street.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilmington itinerary planner .

Getting from Raleigh to Wilmington by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games Shopping
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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 21st (Sat): explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Place Science and then browse the collection at Billy Graham Library. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then get in on the family fun at Carowinds, and then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Charlotte trip planner .

Fly from Wilmington to Charlotte in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Charlotte when traveling from Wilmington in September, with lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
Carowinds ©
Carowinds

1
night
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain, go deep underground at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Blowing Rock road trip site .

Drive from Charlotte to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, Blowing Rock is little chillier than Charlotte - with highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grandfather Mountain, Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
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Zipline
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine ©
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum and then admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy. Keep things going the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then learn about winemaking at Biltmore, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville route planner.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in September, expect Asheville to be a bit warmer, temps between 79°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

2
nights
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 26th (Thu): examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cherokee online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Cherokee sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, River Rafting & Tubing, Dry Falls
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls

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