9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Charlotte
— 3 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Linville
— 1 night
Drive
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
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Charlotte

— 3 nights

The Queen City

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.
Kids will enjoy Room Escape Games and Great Wolf Lodge Water Park. It doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Carowinds and engage your brain at Discovery Place Science.

Discover how to plan a Charlotte trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

New York City to Charlotte is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in December, expect nights in Charlotte to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Family-friendly places like The North Carolina Arboretum and Blue Ridge Pkwy will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Biltmore and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Asheville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Asheville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December in Asheville, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Linville.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Linville

— 1 night
Linville is a community centered just south of the US 221 and NC 105 intersection in Avery County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Linville trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Asheville to Linville by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Asheville in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Linville: temperatures range from 41°F by day to 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Linville

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Raleigh

— 2 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, get curious at Marbles Kids Museum, and then walk around Pullen Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of Life + Science and then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Raleigh online attractions planner.

You can drive from Linville to Raleigh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Linville in January, things will get a bit warmer in Raleigh: highs are around 50°F and lows about 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

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.