12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina itinerary builder

Make it your trip
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Raleigh
— 5 nights
Fly
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Charlotte
— 3 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Raleigh

— 5 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Venture out of the city with trips to Durham (Sarah P. Duke Gardens & Duke University Chapel), Greensboro (Greensboro Science Center & International Civil Rights Center & Museum) and Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the engaging exhibits at Marbles Kids Museum, and trek along Neuse River Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Raleigh trip planner.

New York City to Raleigh is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New York City in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Raleigh: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can fly to Charlotte.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.
Charlotte is known for museums, theme parks, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, view the masterpieces at Foundation For The Carolinas, bet on your favorite at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and stroll around Freedom Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Charlotte vacation planner.

You can fly from Raleigh to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Charlotte are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Sugarlands Distilling Company (in Gatlinburg) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Asheville trip app.

Drive from Charlotte to Asheville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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History Museums · 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.