39 days in North Carolina Itinerary

39 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip builder
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
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Asheville
— 6 nights
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Valle Crucis
— 7 nights
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Greensboro
— 4 nights
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Raleigh
— 5 nights
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Corolla
— 2 nights
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Fayetteville
— 3 nights
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Wilmington
— 4 nights
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Charlotte
— 4 nights

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Cherokee — 3 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cherokee: Barber Orchard Fruitstand (in Waynesville), Dry Falls (in Highlands) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). There's lots more to do: try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, stop by Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, and admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls.

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Charlotte to Cherokee is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Charlotte in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cherokee, with lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Asheville.
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Asheville — 6 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. And it doesn't end there: learn the secrets of beer at BREW-ed, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville attractions planner.

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. November in Asheville sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Valle Crucis.
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Valle Crucis — 7 nights

Valle Crucis in an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Valle Crucis side-trips: Butler (Butler Museum & Watauga Lake Winery), Lansing Creeper Trail Park (in Lansing) and Grayson Highlands State Park (in Mouth of Wilson). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Rivercross Made in USA, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grandfather Mountain, walk around Elk Knob State Park, and take a peaceful walk through Cherokee National Forest.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Valle Crucis road trip website.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Valle Crucis takes 2 hours. Traveling from Asheville in December, you will find days in Valle Crucis are a bit cooler (48°F), and nights are about the same (31°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Greensboro.
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Greensboro — 4 nights

Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Greensboro: North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro), Winston Salem (Reynolda House Museum of American Art & Old Salem Museums & Gardens) and Conservators Center (in Burlington). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at International Civil Rights Center & Museum, stroll around Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, engage your brain at Greensboro Science Center, and admire the natural beauty at Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Greensboro online vacation planner.

You can drive from Valle Crucis to Greensboro in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Valle Crucis in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Greensboro, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.
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Raleigh — 5 nights

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Raleigh: Southern Supreme Fruitcake (in Bear Creek), Durham (Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, &more) and The Carolina Basketball Museum (in Chapel Hill). There's much more to do: trek along Neuse River Trail, get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, see the interesting displays at CAM Raleigh, and stroll around Pullen Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Raleigh holiday maker website.

You can drive from Greensboro to Raleigh in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Raleigh sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Corolla.
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Corolla — 2 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): kick back and relax at Currituck Beach, see Off-Road Tours, and then browse the exhibits of Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Currituck Banks Reserve, then cruise along Beach Jeeps of Corolla, and then see Back Country Safari Tours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Corolla attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Corolla takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. In December, daytime highs in Corolla are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fayetteville.
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Fayetteville — 3 nights

Fayetteville is a city in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fayetteville: Tobacco Road Golf Club (in Sanford), Broadslab Distillery (in Benson) and Pine Needles Golf Club (in Southern Pines). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Airborne and Special Operations Museum, walk around Veterans Park, contemplate the long history of 1897 Poe House, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fayetteville online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Corolla to Fayetteville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and flight. In December, daytime highs in Fayetteville are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 4 nights

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 Jacksonville (Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial & Walton's Distillery), Sacred Willow Spa (in Calabash) and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Wrightsville Beach Brewery, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, and make a trip to Riverwalk.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip planner.

You can drive from Fayetteville to Wilmington in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can fly to Charlotte.
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Charlotte — 4 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Charlotte: Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area (in Hiddenite), Stone Mountain State Park (in Roaring Gap) and The Schiele Museum of Natural History (in Gastonia). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, get in on the family fun at Carowinds, get curious at Discovery Place Science, and get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Wilmington, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Charlotte, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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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.
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