22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Asheville
— 4 nights
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
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Charlotte
— 4 nights
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Wilmington
— 3 nights
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Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
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Durham
— 3 nights
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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). There's much more to do: sample some tasty brews at BREW-ed, learn about winemaking at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, go deep underground at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Asheville trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Asheville is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in Asheville. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

3
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Cherokee

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City), Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley) and Highlands (Dry Falls & Bridal Veil Falls). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, admire the sheer force of Soco Falls, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cherokee route planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. April in Cherokee sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Nature · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Charlotte

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Charlotte: Pilot Mountain State Park (in Pinnacle), The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville) and Old Salem Museums & Gardens (in Winston Salem). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, look for all kinds of wild species at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, get curious at Carolina Raptor Center, and walk around Freedom Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Charlotte driving holiday app.

You can drive from Cherokee to Charlotte in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Charlotte when traveling from Cherokee in April, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Wilmington

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Walton's Distillery (in Jacksonville), Sacred Willow Spa (in Calabash) and Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (in Southport). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, and step aboard Battleship North Carolina.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Wilmington vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Charlotte to Wilmington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Wilmington sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Wilmington

Neighborhoods · Spas · Transportation · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. On the 16th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, stroll around Jockey's Ridge State Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally get in on the family fun at Full Throttle Speedway. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and finally look for gifts at Salty Paws Biscuits.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kill Devil Hills attractions planner.

You can drive from Wilmington to Kill Devil Hills in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Wilmington, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kill Devil Hills, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Durham.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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Durham

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Get out of town with these interesting Durham side-trips: Raleigh (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences & Marbles Kids Museum) and Conservators Center (in Burlington). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, have fun and explore at Museum of Life + Science, and explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Durham trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Kill Devil Hills to Durham takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. While traveling from Kill Devil Hills, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durham, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durham

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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.