7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Durham — 1 day

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, and then gain insight at Duke University.

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Washington to Durham is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Washington in February, with highs in Durham at 55°F and lows at 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Asheville.
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Asheville — 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Lake Glenville Scenic Waterfall Cruises (in Cashiers), Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm (in Hendersonville) and Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and look for gifts at Three Dog Bakery.

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You can drive from Durham to Asheville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Charlotte.
Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games · Spas
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Charlotte — 1 night

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 16th (Thu), examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at Mint Museum Uptown, and finally sample the fine beverages at Muddy River Distillery.

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You can drive from Asheville to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In February in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 1 night

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery, brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Getting from Charlotte to Wilmington by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Wilmington sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Corolla.
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Corolla — 1 night

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Currituck Banks Reserve.

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Traveling by car from Wilmington to Corolla takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Wilmington in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Corolla: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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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.