22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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22 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Raleigh
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Charlotte
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cherokee
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

3
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Get in touch with nature at Sylvan Heights Bird Park and Conservators Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Hawk Manor Falconry (in Lillington), Sarah P. Duke Gardens (in Durham) and Pittsboro (Carolina Tiger Rescue & Beggars and Choosers). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pullen Park, get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and hike along Neuse River Trail.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Raleigh holiday maker site .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Raleigh is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Raleigh is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, expect Raleigh to be colder, temps between 16°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Pittsboro, Conservators Center, Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, Hawk Manor Falconry
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Sylvan Heights Bird Park ©
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Hawk Manor Falconry ©
Hawk Manor Falconry

3
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Wilmington is a port city and the county seat of New Hanover County in coastal southeastern North Carolina, United States. Visit Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex and Oak Island Beaches for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Surf City (Topsail Island Trading Company & Topsail Boat Rental). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery, wander the streets of Historic District, look for gifts at The Black Cat Shoppe, and get your game on at Battle House.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilmington driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Raleigh to Wilmington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Raleigh in December: highs in Wilmington hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Surf City, Oak Island Beaches, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
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Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Topsail Boat Rental ©
Topsail Boat Rental
Oak Island Beaches ©
Oak Island Beaches

3
nights
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Nags Head is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. We've included these beaches for you: Currituck Beach and Carova Beach. Get outdoors at Jockey's Ridge State Park and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Take a break from Nags Head with a short trip to Duck's Cottage in Duck, about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Wright Brothers National Memorial, visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nags Head trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Wilmington to Nags Head in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Wilmington in December, you will find days in Nags Head are slightly colder (15°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Nags Head

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Duck, Corolla, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Wright Brothers National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Carova Beach ©
Carova Beach
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Charlotte: Birkdale Village (in Huntersville) and The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville). Next up on the itinerary: get lost in a book at Billy Graham Libary, explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Place Science, explore and take pictures at The Bank of America Stadium, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Charlotte itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Nags Head to Charlotte in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nags Head in December since evenings lows in Charlotte dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

#Museums, #Theme Parks, #Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Birkdale Village, The Lazy 5 Ranch
Highlights from your plan
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
The Lazy 5 Ranch ©
The Lazy 5 Ranch
Billy Graham Libary ©
Billy Graham Libary

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get outdoors at Blueridge Parkway and The North Carolina Arboretum. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards (in Hendersonville), Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Grandfather Mountain (in Linville). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Biltmore Estate, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and delve into the lush surroundings at DuPont State Recreational Forest.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Asheville day trip tool .

Getting from Charlotte to Asheville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Charlotte in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Asheville: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

DuPont State Recreational Forest, Grandfather Mountain, Blueridge Parkway, Chimney Rock State Park, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore Estate ©
Biltmore Estate
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

3
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.
Get outdoors at Whiteside Mountain and Dry Falls. Go for a jaunt from Cherokee to Maggie Valley to see Waterrock Knob about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and hop aboard Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cherokee trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Cherokee can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

#Nature, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Bryson City, Waterrock Knob, Dry Falls, Whiteside Mountain
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

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