7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Cherokee
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Charlotte
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Durham
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Newark

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Cherokee

Cherokee ©
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 30th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Swain County Heritage Museum and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Cherokee tour itinerary app .

Newark to Cherokee is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. While traveling from Newark, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cherokee, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trip

Swain County Heritage Museum
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Swain County Heritage Museum ©
Swain County Heritage 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 31st (Tue): explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum and then take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Biltmore, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Asheville trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Asheville are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Scenic Drive Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Room Escape Games

1
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 2nd (Thu), examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then get your game on at Escape Kings, and then browse the collection at Billy Graham Library.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Charlotte trip planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. In January, daytime highs in Charlotte are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Fun & Games
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

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night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, have some family-friendly fun at Battle House, and then step aboard Battleship North Carolina.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Wilmington road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Charlotte to Wilmington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Wilmington are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Durham.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games
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Battle House ©
Battle House
Room Escape Games
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

2
nights
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
On the 4th (Sat), explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park, and finally walk around Pullen Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Conservators Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, and then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Durham online journey maker .

You can drive from Wilmington to Durham in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Wilmington, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Durham, ranging from highs of 50°F to lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durham

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Raleigh, Conservators Center
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Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel

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