16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Drive to Boone
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Boone
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly
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Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durham
— 3 nights
Fly

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Boone

— 1 night
Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, then go deep underground at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine, then go deep underground at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, and finally look for gifts at Mast General Store. Keep things going the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Blowing Rock Brewery, steep yourself in history at Flat Top Manor, then do a tasting at Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Linville Gorge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Boone itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Boone is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 13 hours traveling from Singapore to Boone. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in January; daily highs in Boone reach 5°C and lows reach -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Boone

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Thomas Wolfe Memorial and Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (in Flat Rock) and Hendersonville (Elijah Mountain Gem Mine & Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Blue Spiral 1, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Western North Carolina Nature Center, sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company, and steep yourself in history at Grovewood Village.

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Getting from Boone to Asheville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Boone in January: highs in Asheville hover around 9°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 2 nights

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 29th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Levine Museum of the New South, see where the action happens at Spectrum Center, then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, and finally see the interesting displays at Mint Museum Uptown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): catch a live event at BB&T Ballpark, then examine the collection at Carolinas Aviation Museum, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Charlotte trip planner.

Getting from Asheville to Charlotte by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games

Wilmington

— 3 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Fear Serpentarium and Southport Pier and RIverwalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island), Soundside Park (in Surf City) and Room Escape Games (in Jacksonville). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Cape Fear Museum, take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Bizarre, and contemplate the long history of Bellamy Mansion.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington online travel planner.

Getting from Charlotte to Wilmington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Durham.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Durham

— 3 nights

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Explore hidden gems such as Cameron Indoor Stadium and Room Escape Games. Change things up with a short trip to Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: gain insight at Duke University, walk around Fred G. Bond Metro Park, admire the majestic nature at Eno River State Park, and identify plant and animal life at Duke Lemur Center.

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Traveling by car from Wilmington to Durham takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Wilmington in February, you will find days in Durham are little chillier (15°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durham

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Fun & Games

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.