7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 2 nights
3
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Corolla
— 1 day
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Ottawa

1
night
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 1st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, then examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and finally view the masterpieces at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual.

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Ottawa, Canada to Cherokee is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Ottawa in November, expect nights in Cherokee to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee ©
Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Chimney Rock State Park, then admire the natural beauty at Biltmore Rose Garden, and then do a tasting at Biltmore Estate.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Asheville trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Asheville, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
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The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Food Tours

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 4th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Oak Island Beaches, then brush up on your military savvy at Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, and then stop by The Black Cat Shoppe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, then do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery, and then get your game on at Battle House.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Wilmington trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Asheville to Wilmington in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Asheville in December: high temperatures in Wilmington hover around 20°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Oak Island Beach
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Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Oak Island Beach ©
Oak Island Beach
Battle House ©
Battle House

1
day
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Carova Beach.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Corolla trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Corolla takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Wilmington in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Corolla: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Carova Beach
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Carova Beach ©
Carova Beach

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