7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Raleigh
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Boston

1
night
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nags Head attractions planner .

Boston to Nags Head is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Boston in March; daily highs in Nags Head reach 56°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Off-Road Tours
Highlights from your plan
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Off-Road Tours
Jennette's Pier ©
Jennette's Pier

1
night
Raleigh

Raleigh
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 22nd (Sun), engage your brain at Marbles Kids Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park, and finally stroll around Pullen Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Raleigh day trip website .

You can drive from Nags Head to Raleigh in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Raleigh

Childrens Museums Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Marbles Kids Museum ©
Marbles Kids Museum
Pullen Park ©
Pullen Park

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 23rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum and then explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Pkwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Biltmore and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Raleigh to Asheville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Asheville are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zipline, Blue Ridge Pkwy
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Zipline
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get your game on at Escape Kings, then get in on the family fun at Carowinds, and then get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Discovery Place Science and then see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Charlotte day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Asheville to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and flight. March in Charlotte sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Discovery Place Science ©
Discovery Place Science
Carowinds ©
Carowinds

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