3 days in North Carolina & South Carolina Itinerary

3 days in North Carolina & South Carolina Itinerary

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Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 9th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks, get your bearings at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and finally shop like a local with Woolworth Walk.

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Charlotte to Asheville is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Asheville are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping


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Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
On the 10th (Thu), learn more about the world around you at The Charleston Museum, then steep yourself in history at Aiken-Rhett House, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Charleston travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Charleston takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Charleston, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Adventure · Outdoors

Hilton Head

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A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on Hilton Head Helicopter, enjoy the sand and surf at Folly Field Beach Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Pines Forest Preserve, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilton Head online holiday planner.

Drive from Charleston to Hilton Head in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Hilton Head sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

North Carolina travel guide

History Museums · 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.

South Carolina travel guide

Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens · Beaches
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.