5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Matthews
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Raleigh
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then examine the collection at Biltmore, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Asheville trip itinerary builder website .

San Francisco to Asheville is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Asheville. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get a bit cooler in Asheville: highs are around 54°F and lows about 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Matthews.

Things to do in Asheville

Wineries Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Room Escape Games
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

1
night
Matthews

Matthews ©
Matthews is a large suburban town of Charlotte located in southeastern Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. You've now added Elevation Church to your itinerary. On the 30th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Elevation Church, stroll around Four Mile Creek Greenway, and then appreciate the history behind N.C.Korean War Memorial.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Matthews trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Asheville to Matthews in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Raleigh.

Things to do in Matthews

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

N.C.Korean War Memorial
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Elevation Church ©
Elevation Church

1
night
Raleigh

Raleigh
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, then look for all kinds of wild species at Fletcher Park, and finally walk around Pullen Park.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Raleigh tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Matthews to Raleigh in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Raleigh are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art
Pullen Park ©
Pullen Park

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