11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina vacation planner

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

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Attractions like The North Carolina Arboretum and Crystal Mountain Gem Mine make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure), Hendersonville (Bearwallow Mountain & Elijah Mountain Gem Mine) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). The adventure continues: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, stop by Instant Karma Asheville, take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks, and examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Asheville trip tool.

Miami to Asheville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Miami in December, expect Asheville to be much colder, temps between 54°F and 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 1 night
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then contemplate the long history of Flat Top Manor.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Asheville in December, plan for little chillier days in Blowing Rock, with highs around 48°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours

Charlotte

— 2 nights

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 24th (Thu): stop by The Rumor Mill Market, examine the collection at Discovery Place Science, and then get in on the family fun at Carowinds. On the next day, make a splash at Great Wolf Lodge Water Park, then join the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and then examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Charlotte trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Blowing Rock to Charlotte in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Blowing Rock in December: high temperatures in Charlotte hover around 58°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 1 night
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, and then make a trip to Riverwalk.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Wilmington trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Charlotte to Wilmington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Wilmington are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites

Raleigh

— 2 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the engaging exhibits at Marbles Kids Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally appreciate the history behind Memorial Bell Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Pullen Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, and then deepen your understanding at Duke University.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Raleigh trip builder website.

You can drive from Wilmington to Raleigh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Wilmington in December, with highs in Raleigh at 57°F and lows at 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Nags Head

— 1 night
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
On the 29th (Tue), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, and then explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nags Head trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Nags Head takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Raleigh in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nags Head, with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.