8 days in North Carolina & Richmond Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina & Richmond Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina & Richmond Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
Drive:  2​h
1
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Richmond
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Greenville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
End: Raleigh

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cape Fear Paddleboarding as well as Carolina Beach Jet Ski Rentals. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see Cape Fear Paddleboarding. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, admire the masterpieces at Expo 216, then sample the tasty concoctions at Broomtail Craft Brewery, and finally head outdoors with Carolina Beach Jet Ski Rentals.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Wilmington trip planner .

Raleigh to Wilmington is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. June in Wilmington sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Wrightsville Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Carolina Beach Jet Ski Rentals ©
Carolina Beach Jet Ski Rentals
Expo 216 ©
Expo 216

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.
On the 1st (Mon), see the interesting displays at Hendrick Motorsports Complex, get curious at Carolina Raptor Center, then examine the collection at Joe Gibbs Racing, and finally have fun and explore at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Wells Fargo Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Historic Latta Plantation, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Charlotte road trip planning app .

Getting from Wilmington to Charlotte by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 70°F. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for Richmond.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Huntersville
Highlights from your plan
Hendrick Motorsports Complex ©
Hendrick Motorsports Complex
Joe Gibbs Racing ©
Joe Gibbs Racing
Carolina Raptor Center ©
Carolina Raptor Center

2
nights
Richmond

Richmond ©
The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. On your second day here, ponder the world of politics at Virginia Capitol Building, then get engrossed in the history at Agecroft Hall & Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Virginia Museum of History & Culture, and finally admire the masterpieces at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Richmond trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Charlotte to Richmond by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Richmond can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Greenville.

Things to do in Richmond

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Agecroft Hall & Gardens ©
Agecroft Hall & Gardens
Virginia Museum of History & Culture ©
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts ©
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

1
night
Greenville

Greenville
Greenville is the county seat of Pitt County, principal city of the Greenville metropolitan area, and the 10th largest city in the state of North Carolina. Planning Greenville trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Richmond to Greenville takes 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Greenville are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. You will leave for home on the 6th (Sat).

Things to do in Greenville

Outdoors Fun & Games Parks

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