12 days in South Carolina's Coast Region & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

12 days in South Carolina's Coast Region & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Charleston
— 4 nights
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Asheville
— 7 nights
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Charleston

— 4 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Take a break from the city and head to Folly Beach Public Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Do some cultural sightseeing at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and Nathaniel Russell House. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fort Sumter National Monument, learn about all things military at Patriots Point, admire the natural beauty at Washington Square, and snap pictures at Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Charleston trip planner.

Minneapolis to Charleston is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Charleston. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Minneapolis in June: high temperatures in Charleston hover around 87°F and lows are around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Asheville

— 7 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and The North Carolina Arboretum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Titanic Museum Attraction and Riverside Cemetery. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley), Mountain Valley Winery (in Pigeon Forge) and Zipline (in Hartford). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at BREW-ed, shop like a local with Blue Spiral 1, view the masterpieces at New Morning Gallery, and learn about winemaking at Noble Cider.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Asheville trip planner.

You can drive from Charleston to Asheville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Asheville when traveling from Charleston in June, with lows around 62°F. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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Historic Sites · Zipline · River Rafting & Tubing
Called the "Land of the Blue Mist" by the Cherokee Indians, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are one of the world's most biologically diverse wilderness areas. The vast national park sheltering the native wildlife of these ancient mountains offers a close look at the area's nature and its people. A perfect spot for a tranquil vacation, the blue-misted mountains are one of the country's few World Heritage Sites, protecting the largest old-growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Things to do for adventurous visitors include whitewater rafting and river tubing, while those interested in more urbane entertainment can explore the area's many small towns on the 750 km (470 mi) scenic road meandering over the mountains.