8 days in North Carolina & Richmond Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina & Richmond Itinerary

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Wilmington
— 2 nights
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Charlotte
— 2 nights
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Richmond
— 2 nights
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Greenville
— 1 night
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Wilmington

— 2 nights
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. On the 29th (Sat), see Cape Fear Paddleboarding. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, then explore the world behind art at Expo 216, then sample the tasty concoctions at Broomtail Craft Brewery, and finally head outdoors with Carolina Beach Jet Ski Rentals.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Wilmington day trip planning app.

Raleigh to Wilmington is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

Charlotte

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Hendrick Motorsports Complex, then browse the exhibits of Carolina Raptor Center, then see the interesting displays at Joe Gibbs Racing, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Historic Latta Plantation and then hike along Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Charlotte driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Charlotte takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 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 · Trails

Side Trip

Richmond

— 2 nights

The River City

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Virginia Capitol Building, get engrossed in the history at Agecroft Hall & Gardens, then get engrossed in the history at Virginia Museum of History & Culture, and finally admire the masterpieces at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Richmond online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Charlotte to Richmond in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Richmond are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Greenville.

Things to do in Richmond

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Shopping

Greenville

— 1 night
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. Start your trip to Greenville by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Richmond to Greenville takes 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 71°F. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Sat).

Things to do in Greenville

Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games · Breweries & Distilleries

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.