7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Linville
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charlotte
— 1 night
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Raleigh

— 2 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Marbles Kids Museum and then stroll around Pullen Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Raleigh trip itinerary builder website.

Miami to Raleigh is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Miami in December, with highs in Raleigh at 57°F and lows at 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Linville.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Linville

— 1 night
Linville is a community centered just south of the US 221 and NC 105 intersection in Avery County, North Carolina. On the 28th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Linville day trip site.

You can drive from Raleigh to Linville in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Raleigh in December, expect Linville to be slightly colder, temps between 48°F and 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Linville

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, stop by Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar, and then shop like a local with Lexington Glassworks. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Biltmore and then admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Asheville attractions planner.

You can drive from Linville to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Linville in December: highs in Asheville hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): sample the fine beverages at Muddy River Distillery and then get in on the family fun at Carowinds. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Discovery Place Science and then examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Charlotte online holiday planner.

Drive from Asheville to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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.