11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Nags Head
— 1 night
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Raleigh
— 1 night
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Wilmington
— 1 night
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Charlotte
— 2 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 2 nights
7
Cherokee
— 2 nights

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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 18th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, then walk around Jockey's Ridge State Park, then get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Monument to a Century of Flight.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nags Head tour planner.

Houston to Nags Head is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Nags Head. Traveling from Houston in September, expect Nags Head to be a bit cooler, temps between 79°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

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Raleigh

Raleigh ©

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 19th (Thu), get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, have fun and explore at Marbles Kids Museum, then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally walk around Pullen Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Raleigh road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Nags Head to Raleigh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Nags Head in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Raleigh, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks
Highlights from your plan
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ©
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Pullen Park ©
Pullen Park
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art

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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 20th (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get your game on at Battle House Laser Tag, then take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, and finally look for gifts at Old Books on Front Street.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilmington day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Wilmington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Highlights from your plan
Battle House Laser Tag ©
Battle House Laser Tag
Room Escape Games
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

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Charlotte

Charlotte ©

The Queen City

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): engage your brain at Discovery Place Science and then browse the collection at Billy Graham Library. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then get in on the family fun at Carowinds, and then get your game on at Escape Kings.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Charlotte trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Charlotte takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in September, plan for little chillier nights in Charlotte, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings

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Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Blowing Rock using our trip planner.

You can drive from Charlotte to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Charlotte in September, things will get little chillier in Blowing Rock: highs are around 72°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine ©
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine

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Asheville

Asheville ©

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum and then explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Pkwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in nature's colorful creations at Biltmore, and finally shop like a local with Lexington Glassworks.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Asheville tour builder website.

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 somewhat warmer, temps between 79°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

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Cherokee

Trails of Legends and Adventures

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.
On the 26th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls. On the next day, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Cherokee tour builder tool.

Getting from Asheville to Cherokee by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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

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