7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Durham
Drive
2
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Cherokee
— 1 night
Fly
4
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
Fly

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Durham

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
On the 14th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Durham trip planner.

Boston to Durham is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Boston in April: high temperatures in Durham hover around 73°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Durham

Parks
Highlights from your trip

Asheville

— 2 nights

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 15th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy. Here are some ideas for day two: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, stop by Asheville Bee Charmer, then take an in-depth tour of Biltmore, and finally view the masterpieces at St.Claire Art.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville planner.

You can drive from Durham to Asheville in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Durham in April, plan for little chillier nights in Asheville, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trip

Cherokee

— 1 night

Trails of Legends and Adventures

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cherokee itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Cherokee can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Cherokee

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 1 night
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take a stroll through Historic District, then step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and then don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington road trip site.

Getting from Cherokee to Wilmington by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Wilmington when traveling from Cherokee in April, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Wilmington

Neighborhoods

Kill Devil Hills

— 2 nights
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, then visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, then explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

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Drive from Wilmington to Kill Devil Hills in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Wilmington in April, you will find days in Kill Devil Hills are slightly colder (66°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

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.