6 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Cary — 1 night

Cary is the seventh-largest municipality in North Carolina. On the 4th (Sun), indulge in some personalized pampering at The Umstead Spa, walk around Fred G. Bond Metro Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve.

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New York City to Cary is an approximately 8-hour car ride. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: highs in Cary hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Raleigh.
Parks · Wildlife · Spas

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 5th (Mon): examine the collection at North Carolina Museum of History, then walk around Historic Oak View County Park, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally appreciate the history behind Memorial Bell Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then get curious at Marbles Kids Museum, then stroll around Pullen Park, and finally stop by Videri Chocolate Factory.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Raleigh travel route planner.

Raleigh is just a short distance from Cary. In December in Raleigh, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Durham.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Durham — 2 nights

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
On the 7th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Greensboro History Museum, see the interesting displays at International Civil Rights Center & Museum, and then admire the striking features of J. Douglas Galyon Depot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, then deepen your understanding at Duke University, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Town Cemetery.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Durham trip itinerary maker.

Durham is very close to Raleigh. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Chapel Hill.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Side Trips

Chapel Hill — 1 day

Chapel Hill is a town in Durham and Orange Counties, and the home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at North Carolina Botanical Garden, then examine the collection at The Carolina Basketball Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Medical Day Spa of Chapel Hill, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chapel Hill trip itinerary planning website.

Chapel Hill is very close to Durham. In December, daytime highs in Chapel Hill are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Museums · Parks · Spas · Shopping
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North Carolina travel guide

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.