5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Charlotte
— 1 night
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Drive
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
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Charlotte

— 1 night

The Queen City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): examine the collection at Carolinas Aviation Museum and then examine the collection at Levine Museum of the New South. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Hendrick Motorsports Complex, then get curious at Carolina Raptor Center, and then examine the collection at Mint Museum Uptown.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Charlotte trip planner.

Orlando to Charlotte is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Orlando, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Charlotte, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Blowing Rock

— 1 night
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): go deep underground at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine, and then steep yourself in history at Flat Top Manor.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Blowing Rock online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Charlotte in January: high temperatures in Blowing Rock hover around 41°F and lows are around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Raleigh

— 2 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then look for gifts at Videri Chocolate Factory, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, look for all kinds of wild species at Umstead State Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at The Umstead Spa.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Raleigh road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Raleigh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Blowing Rock in January, things will get a bit warmer in Raleigh: highs are around 50°F and lows about 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · 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.