8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
New Bern
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Linville
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): learn about all things military at Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, then do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery, and then stroll through Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip planner .

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to Wilmington is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Punta Cana to Wilmington, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Punta Cana, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Wilmington, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to New Bern.

Things to do in Wilmington

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
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Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Noni Bacca Winery ©
Noni Bacca Winery
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

1
night
New Bern

New Bern ©
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace, look for gifts at Mitchell Hardware, and then contemplate the long history of Birthplace of Pepsi Cola.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our New Bern sightseeing planning website .

You can drive from Wilmington to New Bern in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in New Bern

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola ©
Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola
Mitchell Hardware ©
Mitchell Hardware

1
night
Cherokee

Cherokee ©
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 18th (Sun): stop by The Dillsboro Chocolate Factory and then try to win big at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cherokee online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from New Bern to Cherokee takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from New Bern in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cherokee, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Fun & Games Casinos Shopping

Side Trip

Dillsboro Chocolate Factory
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Dillsboro Chocolate Factory ©
Dillsboro Chocolate Factory

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Blueridge Parkway, then contemplate the long history of Biltmore Estate, and then view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Chimney Rock State Park, then do a tasting at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Asheville road trip site .

Drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March in Asheville, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Linville.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards ©
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

1
night
Linville

Linville ©
Linville is a community centered just south of the US 221 and NC 105 intersection in Avery County, North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): look for gifts at Mast General Store, explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and then contemplate the long history of Flat Top Manor.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Linville road trip website .

You can drive from Asheville to Linville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Asheville in March, plan for little chillier days in Linville, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Linville

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Blowing Rock, Mast General Store
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Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Flat Top Manor ©
Flat Top Manor

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