6 days in North Carolina Itinerary

6 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Fly
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Asheville
— 1 night
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Drive
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Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and then take in the exciting artwork at New Morning Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then learn the secrets of beer at BREW-ed.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip itinerary planning site.

Tampa to Asheville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Tampa in December; daily highs in Asheville reach 54°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then head outdoors with Rock Dimensions.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Blowing Rock day trip website.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in December, you will find days in Blowing Rock are a bit cooler (48°F), and nights are about the same (31°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

Side Trip

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Charlotte

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 19th (Sat): bet on your favorite at Charlotte Motor Speedway, see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then sample the fine beverages at Muddy River Distillery, and finally get in on the family fun at Carowinds.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Charlotte trip planner.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Charlotte in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Blowing Rock in December: high temperatures in Charlotte hover around 58°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Raleigh

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get curious at Marbles Kids Museum, get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally appreciate the history behind Memorial Bell Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, and then gain insight at Duke University.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Raleigh trip itinerary site.

Drive from Charlotte to Raleigh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Raleigh are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.