14 days in North Carolina Itinerary

14 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina planner

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, then examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Cherokee trip itinerary planning site.

Atlanta to Cherokee is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of subway, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Atlanta in February, things will get a bit cooler in Cherokee: highs are around 53°F and lows about 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Museums · Casinos · Nature

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: Elijah Mountain Gem Mine (in Hendersonville) and Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard). The adventure continues: learn the secrets of beer at BREW-ed, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, see the interesting displays at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), and get a taste of the local shopping with Woolworth Walk.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Asheville online trip itinerary planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

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): engage your brain at Discovery Place Science, see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In February in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mount Airy.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Airy

— 2 nights
Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Stony Knoll Vineyards, then 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. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Elkin Creek Vineyard, then do a tasting at Piccione Vineyards, and then do a tasting at Menarick Vineyard & Winery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mount Airy trip tool.

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Mount Airy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Charlotte in February, expect nights in Mount Airy to be about the same, around 32°F, while days are slightly colder, around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Greensboro.

Things to do in Mount Airy

Wineries · Parks · Nature · 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, take in nature's colorful creations at The Bog Garden at Benjamin Park, then engage your brain at Greensboro Science Center, and finally stroll around Country Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Greensboro trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Mount Airy to Greensboro in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. February in Greensboro sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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: Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville) and Durham (Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke University Chapel, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, look for gifts at Videri Chocolate Factory, walk around Pullen Park, and learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Raleigh tour itinerary planning website.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Calabash.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Calabash

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

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Calabash using our trip planner.

Drive from Raleigh to Calabash in 3 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Calabash can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Calabash

Parks · Spas · Wineries · Nature

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): stop by Downtown Wilmington, take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, and then wander the streets of Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, then do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery, and then look for gifts at The Veggie Wagon.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington trip planner.

Getting from Calabash to Wilmington by car takes about 1.5 hours. February in Wilmington sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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.