6 days in North Carolina Itinerary

6 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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6 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Raleigh
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Charlotte
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Madison

1
night
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Nags Head is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nags Head road trip planning tool .

Madison to Nags Head is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Madison in October, things will get a bit warmer in Nags Head: highs are around 72°F and lows about 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Wright Brothers National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©

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 9th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, have fun and explore at Marbles Kids Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pullen Park, and finally make a trip to Videri Chocolate Factory.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Raleigh trip builder .

Traveling by car from Nags Head to Raleigh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nags Head in October since evenings lows in Raleigh dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Pullen Park ©
Pullen Park
Marbles Kids Museum ©
Marbles Kids Museum

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Biltmore Estate, then view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum and then take a memorable drive along Blueridge Parkway.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Asheville online itinerary planner .

Drive from Raleigh to Asheville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Raleigh in October, expect little chillier with lows of 47°F in Asheville. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Blueridge Parkway
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore Estate ©
Biltmore Estate
Food Tours
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

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night
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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.
On the 12th (Fri), examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, get lost in a book at Billy Graham Libary, and then find something for the whole family at Carowinds.

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Traveling by car from Asheville to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. In October, daytime highs in Charlotte are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Carowinds ©
Carowinds
Billy Graham Libary ©
Billy Graham Libary
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

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