14 days in North Carolina Itinerary

14 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip builder

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Cherokee
— 1 day
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Charlotte
— 1 night
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Mount Airy
— 2 nights
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Greensboro
— 1 night
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Raleigh
— 3 nights
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Calabash
— 1 night
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
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Cherokee

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cherokee trip itinerary tool.

Atlanta to Cherokee is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of subway, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in February; daily highs in Cherokee reach 53°F and lows reach 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Fun & Games · Museums · Nature · Parks

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Elijah Mountain Gem Mine (in Hendersonville) and Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard). There's still lots to do: sample some tasty brews at BREW-ed, examine the collection at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and view the masterpieces at Woolworth Walk.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Asheville trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Asheville are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Charlotte Douglas Airport Overlook.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Charlotte travel route builder.

You can drive from Asheville to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Charlotte can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mount Airy.

Things to do in Charlotte

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums

Mount Airy

— 2 nights
Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Stony Knoll Vineyards, do a tasting at JOLO Winery & Vineyards, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pilot Mountain State Park, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Mayberry Spirits Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Elkin Creek Vineyard, then do a tasting at Piccione Vineyards, and then learn about winemaking at Shelton Vineyards.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mount Airy road trip planning app.

You can drive from Charlotte to Mount Airy in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Charlotte in February: highs in Mount Airy hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Mount Airy

Wineries · Nature · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Greensboro

— 1 night
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 8th (Mon), see the interesting displays at International Civil Rights Center & Museum, then admire the natural beauty at The Bog Garden at Benjamin Park, then engage your brain at Greensboro Science Center, and finally walk around Country Park.

To see photos and other tourist information, go to the Greensboro trip tool.

Getting from Mount Airy to Greensboro by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in February, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Greensboro

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Raleigh

— 3 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Change things up with these side-trips from Raleigh: Durham (Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke University Chapel, &more) and Fayetteville (Airborne and Special Operations Museum & 1897 Poe House). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at North Carolina Museum of History, get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and look for gifts at Videri Chocolate Factory.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Raleigh road trip app.

Traveling by car from Greensboro to Raleigh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Raleigh sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Calabash.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Calabash

— 1 night
Calabash is a small fishing town in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. On the 12th (Fri), indulge in some personalized pampering at Sacred Willow Spa, step off the mainland to explore Bird Island, then stroll around Sunset Beach Waterfront Park, and finally do a tasting at Silver Coast Winery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Calabash road trip planning website.

You can drive from Raleigh to Calabash in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in February, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Calabash

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wineries

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 2 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington, then take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, and then stop by Historic District. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, then learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, and then stop by The Veggie Wagon.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Wilmington sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Calabash to Wilmington takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Wilmington are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Neighborhoods · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.