17 days in North Carolina Itinerary

17 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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17 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  7​h
1
Charlotte
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Highlands
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Robbinsville
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Durham
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Charlotte is known for museums, theme parks, fun & games, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, see the interesting displays at Carolinas Aviation Museum, get in on the family fun at Carowinds, and get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library.

To see ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Charlotte online trip itinerary builder .

San Francisco to Charlotte is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Charlotte when traveling from San Francisco in December, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Muddy River Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Step out of Asheville with an excursion to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park in Chimney Rock--about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Biltmore, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

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You can drive from Charlotte to Asheville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and car. December in Asheville sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Room Escape Games
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

3
nights
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Highlands side-trips: Old Cardinal Gem Mine (in Franklin), Cherokee (Unique Gift Outlet & Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee) and Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, and get your game on at Bavarian Mountain Miniature Golf.

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Traveling by car from Asheville to Highlands takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Robbinsville.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Helen, Cherokee, Clingmans Dome, Whiteside Mountain, Old Cardinal Gem Mine
Highlights from your plan
Bavarian Mountain Miniature Golf ©
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome

1
night
Robbinsville

Robbinsville ©
Robbinsville is a town in Graham County, North Carolina, United States. Deals Gap has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): make a trip to Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, then contemplate the waterfront views at Santeetlah Lake, and then do some rugged touring at Deals Gap.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Robbinsville online road trip planner .

You can drive from Highlands to Robbinsville in 2 hours. January in Robbinsville sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 26°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Durham.

Things to do in Robbinsville

Parks Adventure Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Deals Gap ©
Deals Gap
Santeetlah Lake ©
Santeetlah Lake
Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center ©

3
nights
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durham: Raleigh (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Fletcher Park, & more), Conservators Center (in Burlington) and Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and gain insight at Duke University.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Durham itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Robbinsville to Durham takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. January in Durham sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Durham

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Raleigh, Conservators Center, Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Womancraft Gifts
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Wilmington side-trips: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Southport (Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry & Trinity United Methodist Church). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Battle House, wander the streets of Historic District, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip builder app .

You can drive from Durham to Wilmington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Durham in January: highs in Wilmington hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games Historic Sites Transportation

Side Trips

Southport, Federal Point History Center, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Highlights from your plan
Battle House ©
Battle House
Room Escape Games
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

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