9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina visit planner

Make it your trip
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charlotte
— 1 night
Fly
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Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive
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Durham
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nags Head
— 2 nights
Fly

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Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Elijah Mountain Gem Mine (in Hendersonville). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, look for gifts at Instant Karma Asheville, and admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Asheville journey planning tool.

Green Bay to Asheville is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Green Bay in March, expect Asheville to be a bit warmer, temps between 58°F and 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Carolinas Aviation Museum, then get in on the family fun at Carowinds, and then see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Charlotte day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In March in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Theme Parks

Wilmington

— 1 night
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 16th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, and then make a trip to Riverwalk.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Wilmington sightseeing planner.

Fly from Charlotte to Wilmington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Wilmington sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites

Durham

— 2 nights

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
On the 17th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Fletcher Park, then learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then get curious at Marbles Kids Museum, and finally stroll around Pullen Park. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, and then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Durham day trip site.

Getting from Wilmington to Durham by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Durham

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nags Head

— 2 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
On the 19th (Fri), see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours, then see Off-Road Tours, and then take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: walk around Jockey's Ridge State Park and then steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nags Head travel route website.

Traveling by car from Durham to Nags Head takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. When traveling from Durham in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nags Head: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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.