8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  7​h
1
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Asheville
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Denver

3
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Oak Island Beach. You'll explore and learn at Bellamy Mansion and Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wilmington: Duplin Winery (in Rose Hill), Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (in Kure Beach) and Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Jacksonville). It doesn't end there: take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington and stop by The Veggie Wagon.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wilmington tour planner .

Denver to Wilmington is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Wilmington is 2 hours. Traveling from Denver in December, you will find days in Wilmington are a bit warmer (63°F), and nights are warmer (42°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kure Beach, Oak Island Beach, Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Veggie Wagon, Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum
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Fort Fisher State Historic Site ©
Fort Fisher State Historic Site
Duplin Winery ©
Duplin Winery

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grovewood Village and New Belgium Brewing Company. Museum-lovers will appreciate New Morning Gallery and Lexington Glassworks. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Hendersonville (Burntshirt Vineyards & Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards), Mountain Farm Museum (in Cherokee) and Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (in Flat Rock). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, take in the exciting artwork at Woolworth Walk, and take a stroll through Asheville Drum Circle.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville online journey maker .

You can fly from Wilmington to Asheville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Asheville is slightly colder than Wilmington - with highs of 54°F and lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Hendersonville, Mountain Farm Museum, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village
Basilica of Saint Lawrence ©
Basilica of Saint Lawrence

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