5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  3​h
1
Wilmington
— Few hours
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina and then take a stroll through Historic District.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip itinerary planner .

Washington DC to Wilmington is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. In June in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in Wilmington

Neighborhoods
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Historic District ©
Historic District
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then view the masterpieces at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cherokee driving holiday planner .

Getting from Wilmington to Cherokee by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Wilmington in June, with highs in Cherokee at 81°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual ©
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
New Morning Gallery and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Zipline and Blue Ridge Parkway. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks, wander the streets of Biltmore Village, get a taste of the local shopping with River Arts District, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Asheville trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Zipline, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
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Zipline
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

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