7 days in North Carolina & Powell Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina & Powell Itinerary

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7 days in North Carolina & Powell Itinerary

Start: Durham
Drive:  30​min
1
Raleigh
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Powell
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Durham

1
night
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then engage your brain at Marbles Kids Museum, and finally stroll around Pullen Park. Keep things going the next day: trek along Neuse River Trail, then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Raleigh itinerary planner .

Durham to Raleigh is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Powell.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Durham
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Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Neuse River Trail ©
Neuse River Trail

1
night
Powell

Powell ©
Powell is an affluent city in Delaware County, Ohio, United States. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Emily Traphagen Park, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and then get your game on at Ragnarok Axe Throwing.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Powell road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Raleigh to Powell in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, Powell is little chillier than Raleigh - with highs of 66°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Powell

Parks Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums
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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium ©
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Emily Traphagen Park ©
Emily Traphagen Park
Ragnarok Axe Throwing ©
Ragnarok Axe Throwing

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Carowinds and then bet on your favorite at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): get your game on at Escape Kings, then browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, and then examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Charlotte trip builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Powell to Charlotte in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Powell in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Charlotte: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Charlotte Motor Speedway
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 11th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum and then explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Pkwy. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville vacation planner.

You can drive from Charlotte to Asheville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Charlotte in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Asheville, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

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