8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Raleigh
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
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Raleigh

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Duke University Chapel and Historic Oakwood. Get in touch with nature at Neuse River Trail and Conservators Center. Get out of town with these interesting Raleigh side-trips: Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville), Old Town Cemetery (in Hillsborough) and International Civil Rights Center & Museum (in Greensboro). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, examine the collection at North Carolina Museum of History, and learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Raleigh trip planner.

Indianapolis to Raleigh is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Indianapolis in May, expect nights in Raleigh to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get a sense of the local culture at Grovewood Village and Basilica of Saint Lawrence. Get in touch with nature at Tumblestone Tours and Transportation and The North Carolina Arboretum. There's still lots to do: squeeze the most out of the city with BREW-ed, take a stroll through Biltmore Village, stop by River Arts District, and learn about winemaking at Biltmore Winery at Antler Hill Village.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Asheville trip planner.

You can drive from Raleigh to Asheville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Asheville when traveling from Raleigh in May, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

2
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Cherokee

Trails of Legends and Adventures

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., then examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and finally try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee. Keep things going the next day: see what you can catch with Fly Fishing the Smokies and then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cherokee itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Cherokee can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.