11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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

1
night
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.
For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nags Head trip itinerary website .

Huntsville to Nags Head is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Huntsville to Nags Head due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Huntsville in March, you will find days in Nags Head are slightly colder (56°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Off-Road Tours
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Off-Road Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial

2
nights
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 9th (Mon): engage your brain at Marbles Kids Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park, then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally walk around Pullen Park.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Raleigh attractions planner.

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. In March, daytime highs in Raleigh are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Durham
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Marbles Kids Museum ©
Marbles Kids Museum
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 11th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Wilmington sightseeing app .

You can drive from Raleigh to Wilmington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Highlights from your plan
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher ©
Room Escape Games
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Thu), find something for the whole family at Carowinds, then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, then get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, and finally identify plant and animal life at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve.

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Fly from Wilmington to Charlotte in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trip

Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Carowinds ©
Carowinds
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Biltmore, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Asheville itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Asheville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Charlotte in March, you will find days in Asheville are little chillier (58°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Historic Sites Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Room Escape Games
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

3
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. On the 15th (Sun), get in on the family fun at Tweetsie Railroad and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, then get lost in a book at The Blowing Rock Community Library, then trek along Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, and finally stop by Mast General Store.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock journey maker app .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Asheville, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Blowing Rock, ranging from highs of 50°F to lows of 32°F. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mast General Store, Grandfather Mountain, Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain

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