20 days in North Carolina Itinerary

20 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina travel planner

Make it your trip
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Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mount Airy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durham
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nags Head
— 4 nights
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Charlotte

— 2 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Carowinds, examine the collection at Carolinas Aviation Museum, and then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Charlotte is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Stockholm to Charlotte, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Stockholm, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Charlotte, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to Cherokee.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Cherokee

— 2 nights

Trails of Legends and Adventures

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 18th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, view the masterpieces at Pincu Pottery, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and finally steep yourself in history at Oconaluftee Indian Village.

Before you visit Cherokee, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Charlotte to Cherokee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Charlotte in June: high temperatures in Cherokee hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Tours · Museums · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

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), DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). The adventure continues: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, look for gifts at Vessel, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Asheville route maker site.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. June in Asheville sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mount Airy.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Tours · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mount Airy

— 2 nights
Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, then see the interesting displays at The Andy Griffith Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Pilot Mountain State Park and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hanging Rock State Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Mount Airy trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Asheville to Mount Airy by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Mount Airy can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Durham.

Things to do in Mount Airy

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Durham

— 2 nights

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
On the 25th (Tue), stroll around Pullen Park, then get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally see where the action happens at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Life + Science, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, and then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Durham tour website.

You can drive from Mount Airy to Durham in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Durham can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Durham

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wilmington

— 3 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
When in Wilmington, make a side trip to see North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach, approximately Kure Beach away. And it doesn't end there: take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, take a stroll through Historic District, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Wilmington road trip app.

You can drive from Durham to Wilmington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Nags Head

— 4 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nags Head: Corolla (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, &more) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park, enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, and have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nags Head trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Wilmington to Nags Head in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Wilmington in June, expect nights in Nags Head to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · 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.