9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Raleigh
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 1st (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, then admire the natural beauty at Mordecai Historic Park, then engage your brain at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and finally identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at North Carolina Museum of History, then wander the streets of Historic Oakwood, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Historic Oakwood Cemetery, and finally stroll through Neuse River Trail.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Raleigh itinerary planner .

Saint Louis to Raleigh is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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North Carolina Museum of History ©
North Carolina Museum of History
Neuse River Trail ©
Neuse River Trail

2
nights
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 3rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Zebulon Latimer House.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Wilmington trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Raleigh to Wilmington in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Wilmington sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson State Historic Site, Moore's Creek National Battlefield
Highlights from your plan

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Hendrick Motorsports Complex, engage your brain at Carolina Raptor Center, then examine the collection at Wells Fargo Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Mint Museum Uptown. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Old Settlers Cemetery and then contemplate the long history of Historic Brattonsville.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Charlotte driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Charlotte takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Wilmington in September since evenings lows in Charlotte dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Carolina Raptor Center, Historic Brattonsville
Highlights from your plan
Hendrick Motorsports Complex ©
Hendrick Motorsports Complex
Mint Museum Uptown ©
Mint Museum Uptown
Historic Brattonsville ©
Historic Brattonsville

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, then contemplate the long history of Gray Fossil Site, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Asheville travel route builder .

Drive from Charlotte to Asheville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. September in Asheville sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gray Fossil Site, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Fowler's Clay Works ©
Fowler's Clay Works
Lexington Glassworks ©
Lexington Glassworks
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin ©
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin

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