7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina route planner

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Fly
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Cherokee
— 1 day
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 1 night
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Cherokee

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then browse the exhibits of Oconaluftee Indian Village, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cherokee road trip website.

New York City to Cherokee is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from New York City in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cherokee: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Historic Sites

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nights
Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 2nd (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then go all around town with BREW-ed. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, then view the masterpieces at Woolworth Walk, and finally view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Asheville attractions planner.

Getting from Cherokee to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in February, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Spas · Museums

Side Trips

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Thu), engage your brain at Discovery Place Science and then examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Asheville to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Childrens Museums

2
nights
Raleigh

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 5th (Fri), 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. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at North Carolina Museum of History, then engage your brain at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally shop like a local with Videri Chocolate Factory.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Raleigh trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Charlotte to Raleigh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In February, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

1
night
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 7th (Sun): step aboard Battleship North Carolina, stop by Cape Fear Serpentarium, and then do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery.

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You can drive from Raleigh to Wilmington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Raleigh in February: highs in Wilmington hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Wineries

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.