8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina itinerary planner
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Drive
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Asheville
— 1 night
Drive
2
Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Fly
3
Raleigh
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Greensboro
— 1 night
Drive
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Charlotte
— 1 night

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Asheville — 1 night

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stroll through Western North Carolina Nature Center, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, and then shop like a local with Lexington Glassworks.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Asheville visit planning app.

Charlotte to Asheville is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Charlotte in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Asheville: temperatures range from 47°F by day to 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.
Tours · Spas · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trips

Blowing Rock — 1 night

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Asheville in January, plan for little chillier days in Blowing Rock, with highs around 41°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Raleigh.
Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Raleigh — 3 nights

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Bring the kids along to North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Marbles Kids Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Raleigh: The Carolina Basketball Museum (in Chapel Hill) and Sarah P. Duke Gardens (in Durham). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art and examine the collection at North Carolina Museum of History.

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Traveling by flight from Blowing Rock to Raleigh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Blowing Rock in January, with highs in Raleigh at 50°F and lows at 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Greensboro.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks
Side Trips

Greensboro — 1 night

Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 27th (Thu), see the interesting displays at International Civil Rights Center & Museum and then get curious at Greensboro Science Center.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Greensboro trip itinerary website.

Drive from Raleigh to Greensboro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Greensboro are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Charlotte.
Museums · Childrens Museums

Charlotte — 1 night

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 28th (Fri): examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame and then see the interesting displays at Discovery Place Science.

To find out how to plan a trip to Charlotte, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Greensboro to Charlotte takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Charlotte can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
Museums · Childrens Museums

North Carolina travel guide

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History Museums · 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.