16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Drive:  5​h
1
Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Durham
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Nashville

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Wed), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cherokee online trip itinerary planner .

Nashville to Cherokee is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Cherokee is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nashville in October, with highs in Cherokee at 70°F and lows at 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors Casinos Nature

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, River Rafting & Tubing, Wehrloom Honey, Dry Falls, Cherohala Skyway
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Biltmore, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Asheville trip planner.

Getting from Cherokee to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Asheville, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Zipline, Blue Ridge Pkwy
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

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 22nd (Tue): get your game on at Escape Kings, find something for the whole family at Carowinds, then get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, and finally identify plant and animal life at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at The Rumor Mill Market, then engage your brain at Discovery Place Science, and then see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Charlotte tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Charlotte can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

The Rumor Mill Market, Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

3
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Explore Wilmington's surroundings by going to North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Southport (Trinity United Methodist Church & Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry). Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Battle House, sample the tasty concoctions at Broomtail Craft Brewery, do a tasting at Noni Bacca Winery, and don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Wilmington trip website .

You can fly from Charlotte to Wilmington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Charlotte in October since evenings lows in Wilmington dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Southport, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Highlights from your plan
Battle House ©
Battle House
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nags Head: Corolla (Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum & Off-Road Tours) and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, get your game on at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nags Head journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Nags Head takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Wilmington in October, you will find days in Nags Head are little chillier (72°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, Corolla, Outer Banks Distilling, Parasailing & Paragliding, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Off-Road Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

2
nights
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Conservators Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, then identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park, then engage your brain at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and finally stroll around Pullen Park.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Durham day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Nags Head to Durham takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Durham when traveling from Nags Head in October, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durham

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Raleigh, Conservators Center
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel

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