22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
train + bus + Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Blowing Rock
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Charlotte
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Durham
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley), Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese (in Robbinsville) and Devil's Courthouse (in Pisgah Forest). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cherokee trip planner.

Washington DC to Cherokee is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of train, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cherokee, with lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlands, Whiteside Mountain, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, River Rafting & Tubing, Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls

4
nights
Asheville

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), DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Biltmore, admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Asheville Gallery of Art.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville road trip planning app .

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Zipline
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blowing Rock: Linville Gorge (in Linville Falls), Mount Jefferson State Park (in Jefferson) and Rough Ridge Lookout (in Linville). And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, browse the collection at The Blowing Rock Community Library, experience rural life at Landmark Farm Alpacas, and explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in November, expect nights in Blowing Rock to be about the same, around 32°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Linville, Linville Gorge, Landmark Farm Alpacas, Mountain Dog, Mount Jefferson State Park
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Landmark Farm Alpacas ©
Landmark Farm Alpacas

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Stewart Haas Racing (in Kannapolis) and Old Salem Museums & Gardens (in Winston Salem). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at Escape Kings, engage your brain at Discovery Place Science, see the interesting displays at Mint Museum Uptown, and join the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Charlotte trip planner .

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Charlotte in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in November, expect Charlotte to be a bit warmer, temps between 63°F and 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Charlotte Motor Speedway, Stewart Haas Racing, Old Salem Museums & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

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: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (in Southport). The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Battle House, make a trip to Riverwalk, sample the tasty concoctions at Broomtail Craft Brewery, and step aboard Battleship North Carolina.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington trip itinerary site .

Fly from Charlotte to Wilmington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in November, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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: Conservators Center (in Burlington), Raleigh (Fletcher Park, Pullen Park, & more) and International Civil Rights Center & Museum (in Greensboro). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, see the interesting displays at Mebane Train Display, admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Durham trip maker site .

You can drive from Wilmington to Durham in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Wilmington in November; daily highs in Durham reach 62°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Durham

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Raleigh, Conservators Center, International Civil Rights Center & Museum, Mebane Train Display
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel

3
nights
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Get out of town with these interesting Nags Head side-trips: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton) and Corolla (Off-Road Tours & Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and relax in the rural setting at Island Farm.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read Nags Head road trip planner .

Getting from Durham to Nags Head by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Durham in November since evenings lows in Nags Head dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, Corolla, Manteo, Parasailing & Paragliding, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Off-Road Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

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