16 days in North Carolina & Southern Virginia Itinerary

16 days in North Carolina & Southern Virginia Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

2
nights
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Life On A Sandbar, then explore the striking landscape of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and then find something for the whole family at Full Throttle Speedway.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Corolla day trip planning tool.

Chicago to Corolla is an approximately 6- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Corolla. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in February, with highs in Corolla at 53°F and lows at 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Corolla

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nags Head, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site ©
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Whalehead Club ©
Whalehead Club
Currituck Banks Reserve ©
Currituck Banks Reserve

4
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bellamy Mansion and Cape Fear Museum. Get some historical perspective at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and Fort Fisher State Historic Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (in Surf City), Oak Island (Oak Island Pier & Oak Island Beach) and Southport Pier and RIverwalk (in Southport). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Downtown Wilmington, admire the majestic nature at Carolina Beach State Park, and contemplate the long history of Poplar Grove Plantation.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Wilmington online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Wilmington takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, taxi, and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Corolla in February: highs in Wilmington hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kure Beach, Oak Island, Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Carolina Beach State Park, Southport Pier and RIverwalk
Highlights from your plan
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area ©
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
Fort Fisher State Historic Site ©
Fort Fisher State Historic Site

2
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, look for all kinds of wild species at Umstead State Park, and then stroll through Historic Yates Mill County Park. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Bennett Place Historic Site, gain insight at Duke University, and then stop by Videri Chocolate Factory.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Raleigh day trip planning tool.

Getting from Wilmington to Raleigh by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Wilmington in February: highs in Raleigh hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Danville.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Durham
Highlights from your plan
Historic Yates Mill County Park ©
Historic Yates Mill County Park
Bennett Place Historic Site ©
Bennett Place Historic Site
Duke University ©
Duke University

1
night
Danville

Danville ©
Danville is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Tank Museum, then let the kids burn off some steam at Dan Daniel Memorial Park, then hike along Danville's Riverwalk Trail, and finally contemplate the long history of Wreck of the Old 97.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Danville road trip site.

You can drive from Raleigh to Danville in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Danville are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Danville

Museums Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tank Museum ©
Tank Museum
Dan Daniel Memorial Park ©
Dan Daniel Memorial Park

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Carolinas Aviation Museum and Hendrick Motorsports Complex. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Levine Museum of the New South and Reclining Bulls Statue. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Charlotte: Winston Salem (Reynolda House Museum of American Art & Salem God's Acre Cemetery) and Crowders Mountain State Park (in Kings Mountain).

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Charlotte journey planner.

Traveling by car from Danville to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. February in Charlotte sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Winston Salem, Crowders Mountain State Park
Highlights from your plan
Salem God's Acre Cemetery ©
Salem God's Acre Cemetery
Crowders Mountain State Park ©
Crowders Mountain State Park
Reynolda House Museum of American Art ©
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore hidden gems such as Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Get some cultural insight at Blue Spiral 1 and Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards. Step out of Asheville with an excursion to Pisgah National Forest in Pisgah Forest--about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Western North Carolina Nature Center, take in the exciting artwork at Seven Sisters Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Craggy Gardens.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Asheville trip planner.

Getting from Charlotte to Asheville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. When traveling from Charlotte in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Asheville, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Pisgah National Forest, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Seven Sisters Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site ©
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Thomas Wolfe Memorial ©
Thomas Wolfe Memorial

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