10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip itinerary maker

Plan created by another user. Make it yours
1
Durham
— 1 night
2
Banner Elk
— 1 night
3
Asheville
— 3 nights
4
Cherokee
— 1 night
5
Charlotte
— 2 nights
6
Wilmington
— 1 night

1
night
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Marbles Kids Museum, learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and then gain insight at Duke University.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Durham trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Durham. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Banner Elk.

Things to do in Durham

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Raleigh
Highlights from your plan
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel
Duke University ©
Duke University

1
night
Banner Elk

Banner Elk ©
Banner Elk is a town in Avery County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for gifts at Mast General Store, then whizz through the canopy at Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline, then admire the sheer force of Bobby McLean Memorial Park, and finally see Off the Grid Mountain Adventures.

Start your trip to Banner Elk by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Durham to Banner Elk in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Durham in December, expect Banner Elk to be slightly colder, temps between 48°F and 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Banner Elk

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Mast General Store, Bobby McLean Memorial Park, Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline
Highlights from your plan
Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline ©
Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline
Mast General Store ©
Mast General Store

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Elijah Mountain Gem Mine (in Hendersonville). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Biltmore, shop like a local with Lexington Glassworks, learn the secrets of beer at BREW-ed, and explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Asheville visit planning site.

You can drive from Banner Elk to Asheville in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Banner Elk in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Asheville, with highs around 54°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Elijah Mountain Gem Mine
Highlights from your plan
BREW-ed ©
BREW-ed
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

1
night
Cherokee

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cherokee tour planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cherokee are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Casinos · Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum ©

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.
On the 29th (Tue), look for gifts at The Rumor Mill Market, then have fun and explore at Discovery Place Science, and then find something for the whole family at Carowinds. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then join the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and then test your team's savvy at Out of Time Escape.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Charlotte road trip website.

You can drive from Cherokee to Charlotte in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cherokee in December since evenings lows in Charlotte dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Charlotte Motor Speedway, The Rumor Mill Market, Out of Time Escape
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Place Science ©
Discovery Place Science
Carowinds ©
Carowinds
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

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 31st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, then step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and then don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Wilmington trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Charlotte to Wilmington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in December, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

Similar plans

14 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 31 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 15 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 13 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 14 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems Preferences: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 11 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: July, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: July, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 8 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 5 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 4 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM CYPRUS November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 11 days in Georgia, Tennessee & North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans