3 days in North Carolina Itinerary

3 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina tour builder
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Asheville
— 1 day
Drive
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Cherokee
— 1 night
Fly
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Raleigh
— 1 night
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Asheville — 1 day

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks, shop like a local with Blue Spiral 1, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Asheville online tour itinerary planner.

Columbia to Asheville is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Columbia in January; daily highs in Asheville reach 47°F and lows reach 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.
Tours · Spas · Museums · Shopping

Cherokee — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee and then take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cherokee road trip site.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. January in Cherokee sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Raleigh.
Nature · Casinos · Fun & Games · Parks

Raleigh — 1 night

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art and then engage your brain at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Raleigh trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Cherokee to Raleigh by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Cherokee in January, Raleigh is a bit warmer at night with lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.
Museums · Childrens Museums

North Carolina travel guide

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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.