8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Hartford
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Raleigh
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Charlotte
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Hartford

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Raleigh

Raleigh
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and then identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Raleigh journey planning tool .

Hartford to Raleigh is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Raleigh are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Childrens Museums Wildlife
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2
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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 23rd (Fri): learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Broomtail Craft Brewery. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Historic District, enjoy the sand and surf at Oak Island Beach, and then do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Wilmington trip planner .

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Wilmington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Wilmington sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in Wilmington

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Oak Island Beach
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Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Noni Bacca Winery ©
Noni Bacca Winery
Historic District ©
Historic District

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nights
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 25th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then shop like a local with Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, then explore the galleries of Oconaluftee Indian Village, and then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cherokee online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Wilmington to Cherokee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Wilmington in August, expect Cherokee to be little chillier, temps between 82°F and 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Dry Falls, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls

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nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours, do a tasting at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum and then take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville day trip website .

Drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Asheville are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Zipline, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Zipline
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

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Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, and then find something for the whole family at Carowinds.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Charlotte sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Asheville, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Charlotte, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Carowinds ©
Carowinds
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

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