7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  4​h
1
Raleigh
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Southern Pines
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Wilmington
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Asheville
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Cleveland

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Raleigh

Raleigh
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 13th (Sun), get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and then stroll around Pullen Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Raleigh online itinerary planner .

Cleveland to Raleigh is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cleveland in September, you will find days in Raleigh are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Southern Pines.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Pullen Park ©
Pullen Park

1
night
Southern Pines

Southern Pines ©
Southern Pines is a town in Moore County, North Carolina, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mid Pines Golf Club. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get outside with Weymouth Woods, tee off at Mid Pines Golf Club, and then examine the collection at Creation Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Southern Pines trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Southern Pines takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Southern Pines can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Southern Pines

Outdoors Golf Museums
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Creation Museum ©
Creation Museum

1
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 15th (Tue): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get your game on at Battle House, then step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and finally stop by Old Books on Front Street.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Wilmington itinerary planner.

You can drive from Southern Pines to Wilmington in 2.5 hours. In September in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in Wilmington

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

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nights
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 16th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Dry Falls and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and finally contemplate the long history of Oconaluftee Indian Village.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cherokee day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Wilmington to Cherokee in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Wilmington in September, with highs in Cherokee at 79°F and lows at 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Dry Falls, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Biltmore, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Asheville road trip planning app .

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Asheville are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Scenic Drive Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Room Escape Games

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