8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  5​h
1
Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Durham
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Wilmington
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Kansas City

1
night
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.
To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Charlotte trip itinerary maker website .

Kansas City to Charlotte is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Kansas City to Charlotte, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Kansas City in January; daily highs in Charlotte reach 52°F and lows reach 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Fun & Games
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee (in Cherokee). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Biltmore, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip site .

Getting from Charlotte to Asheville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Charlotte in January: highs in Asheville hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Room Escape Games
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

2
nights
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and then get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Conservators Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, and then get your game on at Urban Axes Durham.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Durham trip planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Durham in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Durham are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Durham

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Raleigh, Conservators Center
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Urban Axes Durham ©
Urban Axes Durham
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, then have some family-friendly fun at Battle House, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broomtail Craft Brewery.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Wilmington driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Durham to Wilmington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Durham in January, expect nights in Wilmington to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games Breweries & Distilleries
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Battle House ©
Battle House
Room Escape Games
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

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