9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina route builder

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Asheville
— 4 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
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Greensboro
— 2 nights
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Raleigh
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Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
For shopping fun, head to New Morning Gallery or Lexington Glassworks. Appreciate the collections at Titanic Museum Attraction and Ariel Gallery. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Rocky Top Mountain Coaster (in Pigeon Forge), Zipline (in Sevierville) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Ramsey Cascades & Cades Cove). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Fowler's Clay Works, and browse the exhibits of Grovewood Village.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Asheville trip itinerary maker app.

West Palm Beach to Asheville is an approximately 12-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from West Palm Beach in December, expect Asheville to be colder, temps between 54°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 1 night
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. On the 31st (Thu), explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then stop by Mast General Store, and finally examine the collection at Turchin Center.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock trip planner.

Getting from Asheville to Blowing Rock by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Asheville in December: highs in Blowing Rock hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Greensboro.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

Side Trips

Greensboro

— 2 nights
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get curious at Greensboro Science Center, then go on a hair-raising tour with Carolina History & Haunts, then kick your exploration up a notch at Kersey Valley Zip Line, and finally test your team's savvy at Kersey Valley Escape. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Conservators Center, then look for gifts at Scuppernong Books, then see the interesting displays at International Civil Rights Center & Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ambleside Gallery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Greensboro online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Blowing Rock to Greensboro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in December, you will find days in Greensboro are somewhat warmer (55°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Greensboro

Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Raleigh

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Raleigh sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Greensboro to Raleigh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 31°F. On the 2nd (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Nightlife · Fun & Games · Outdoors

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.