9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Tallahassee, Florida
Fly:  4​h
1
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Raleigh
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Asheville
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Tallahassee, Florida

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): step aboard Battleship North Carolina and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broomtail Craft Brewery. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get your game on at Battle House, and finally don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Wilmington day trip planning website .

Tallahassee to Wilmington is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tallahassee in December, expect Wilmington to be a bit cooler, temps between 63°F and 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Battle House ©
Battle House
Room Escape Games
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

2
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 16th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Carolina Basketball Museum, admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Lonerider: Ales for Outlaws. On the next day, get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, engage your brain at Marbles Kids Museum, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally walk around Pullen Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Raleigh trip simple and quick.

Getting from Wilmington to Raleigh by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Wilmington in December, with highs in Raleigh at 57°F and lows at 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Durham, The Carolina Basketball Museum
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North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art
Pullen Park ©
Pullen Park

2
nights
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 18th (Wed): examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, and finally stop by Birkdale Village. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: join the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway, then view the masterpieces at Foundation For The Carolinas, and then get in on the family fun at Carowinds.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Charlotte holiday planning website .

Drive from Raleigh to Charlotte in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Charlotte are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Charlotte Motor Speedway, Birkdale Village
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
When in Asheville, make a side trip to see Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum in Maggie Valley, approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Biltmore, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Asheville tour planner.

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Asheville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. In December, daytime highs in Asheville are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Blue Ridge Pkwy
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Room Escape Games
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

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