8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina travel planner

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Asheville
— 1 night
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
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Winston Salem
— 3 nights
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Durham
— 2 nights
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Asheville

— 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Of All Souls, then wander the streets of Biltmore Village, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Asheville trip itinerary site.

Fort Lauderdale to Asheville is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December, things will get colder in Asheville: highs are around 54°F and lows about 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Blowing Rock

— 1 night
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore and take pictures at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and then contemplate the long history of Flat Top Manor.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock trip planning tool.

Drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in December, expect nights in Blowing Rock to be about the same, around 31°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Winston Salem.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours

Winston Salem

— 3 nights
Winston-Salem is a city in and the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States. Your inner history buff will appreciate Denton Farm Park and Old Salem Museums & Gardens. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Home Moravian Church and Korner's Folly. Explore Winston Salem's surroundings by going to International Civil Rights Center & Museum (in Greensboro) and Old Mill of Guilford (in Oak Ridge). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Salem God's Acre Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Wait Chapel, and tee off at Tanglewood Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Winston Salem trip site.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Winston Salem in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 37°F in Winston Salem. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Durham.

Things to do in Winston Salem

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Golf

Side Trips

Durham

— 2 nights

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
On the 2nd (Sat), stroll around Historic Oak View County Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, engage your brain at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and then get curious at Marbles Kids Museum.

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You can drive from Winston Salem to Durham in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Durham can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durham

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.