16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Asheville
Drive:  3​h
1
Mount Airy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Durham
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Kill Devil Hills
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Charlotte
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Highlands
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Asheville
— 3 nights
End: Asheville

1
night
Mount Airy

Mount Airy ©
Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. On the 16th (Tue), get your bearings at The Mount Airy Visitors Center and then admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Parkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Pilot Mountain State Park and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hanging Rock State Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mount Airy trip planner.

Asheville to Mount Airy is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Mount Airy can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Durham.

Things to do in Mount Airy

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hanging Rock State Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Pilot Mountain State Park
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Hanging Rock State Park ©
Hanging Rock State Park
Blue Ridge Parkway ©
Blue Ridge Parkway
Pilot Mountain State Park ©
Pilot Mountain State Park

2
nights
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pullen Park, then learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally explore and take pictures at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Duke University, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, then explore and take pictures at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Durham online road trip planner .

Drive from Mount Airy to Durham in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Durham can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Durham

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Raleigh
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Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel

3
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Southport (Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry & Trinity United Methodist Church) and Kure Beach (North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher & Kure Beach Pier). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, and learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Wilmington trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Durham to Wilmington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums Transportation Historic Sites

Side Trips

Southport, Kure Beach, Motts Channel Seafood
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Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Noni Bacca Winery ©
Noni Bacca Winery
Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens

1
night
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. On the 23rd (Tue), steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, stop by Seagreen Gallery, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

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You can drive from Wilmington to Kill Devil Hills in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Wilmington in April: highs in Kill Devil Hills hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nags Head
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Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

3
nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Charlotte to Mooresville to see The Lazy 5 Ranch about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, find something for the whole family at Carowinds, explore and take pictures at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and get to know the fascinating history of Carl J. McEwen Historic Village.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Charlotte holiday planning website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Kill Devil Hills to Charlotte takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Kill Devil Hills in April, you will find days in Charlotte are a bit warmer (73°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Highlands.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

The Lazy 5 Ranch, Muddy River Distillery, Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, Charlotte Motor Speedway
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

1
night
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 27th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Highlands trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Charlotte to Highlands takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Charlotte in April since evenings lows in Highlands dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Whiteside Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

1
night
Cherokee

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 28th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cherokee travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Highlands to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Cherokee are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee ©
Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee
Unique Gift Outlet ©
Unique Gift Outlet

3
nights
Asheville

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 Zipline (in Lake Lure). Next up on the itinerary: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip planner .

Drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Asheville are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Zipline, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Food Tours
Zipline

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