12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner

Make it your trip
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Durham
— 1 night
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Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Bryson City
— 1 night
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Charlotte
— 1 night
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Durham

— 1 night

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
On the 23rd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel and then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Durham itinerary planner.

Kelowna, Canada to Durham is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in January, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Durham

Parks · Historic Sites

Nags Head

— 3 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe) and Corolla (Back Country Safari Tours, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, &more). The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, contemplate the long history of Island Farm, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take an in-depth tour of Wright Brothers National Memorial.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nags Head online travel route planner.

Drive from Durham to Nags Head in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 2 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stop by Historic District, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then make a trip to Riverwalk.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Wilmington journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nags Head to Wilmington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Nags Head in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Wilmington, with highs around 57°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Asheville.

Things to do in Wilmington

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Tours · Spas

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. There's lots more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, view the masterpieces at New Morning Gallery, and take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Asheville vacation planning site.

Getting from Wilmington to Asheville by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Wilmington in January, with highs in Asheville at 47°F and lows at 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 1 night
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 1st (Tue), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bryson City trip planner.

Getting from Asheville to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in January, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to fly to Charlotte.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Casinos · Fun & Games · Adventure

Side Trip

Charlotte

— 1 night

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Charlotte travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Bryson City to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryson City in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Charlotte, with lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums
Highlights from your trip

North Carolina travel guide

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History Museums · 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.