11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  5 h 30 min
1
Kill Devil Hills
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Raleigh
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5 h
End: Chicago

1
night
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. On the 19th (Wed), get your game on at Outer Banks Old Time Photos.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kill Devil Hills trip itinerary planning tool.

Chicago to Kill Devil Hills is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in February; daily highs in Kill Devil Hills reach 51°F and lows reach 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Nature Museums Tours

Side Trips

Jockey's Ridge State Park, Off-Road Tours
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Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Outer Banks Old Time Photos ©
Outer Banks Old Time Photos
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally walk around Pullen Park. On the next day, deepen your understanding at Duke University, then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel.

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

Traveling by car from Kill Devil Hills to Raleigh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In February, daily temperatures in Raleigh can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Durham
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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ©
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, then browse the fresh offerings at Motts Channel Seafood, then learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battle House Laser Tag. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Historic District, take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, and then don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Wilmington itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Wilmington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Raleigh in February, expect nights in Wilmington to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Wineries Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Motts Channel Seafood
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Battle House Laser Tag ©
Battle House Laser Tag
Noni Bacca Winery ©
Noni Bacca Winery
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): examine the collection at Discovery Place Science and then browse the collection at Billy Graham Library. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, then get in on the family fun at Carowinds, and finally identify plant and animal life at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Charlotte holiday planner.

You can fly from Wilmington to Charlotte in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in February, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): do a tasting at Biltmore, shop like a local with Colin's Creatures, and then explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Pkwy. On your second day here, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip planning website.

Drive from Charlotte to Asheville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Charlotte in February since evenings lows in Asheville dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Scenic Drive Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Food Tours
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings ©
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings

1
night
Cherokee

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 29th (Sat): examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, sample the fine beverages at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and finally try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cherokee road trip planner.

Getting from Asheville to Cherokee by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February in Cherokee, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trip

Maggie Valley
Highlights from your plan
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum ©
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Elevated Mountain Distilling Co. ©
Elevated Mountain Distilling Co.

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