6 days in North Carolina Itinerary

6 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
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Wilmington
— 3 nights
Fly
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Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 1 night
Drive

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Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Currituck Banks Reserve and then take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Corolla trip itinerary planning tool.

Atlanta to Corolla is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In December in Corolla, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Wilmington

— 3 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cape Fear Serpentarium and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Step off the beaten path and head to Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Spas. Explore Wilmington's surroundings by going to Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island), Trinity United Methodist Church (in Southport) and Surf City (Topsail Island Trading Company & Soundside Park). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Kure Beach Pier.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Wilmington driving holiday planner.

Getting from Corolla to Wilmington by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Corolla in December: highs in Wilmington hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Carowinds, see the interesting displays at Mint Museum Uptown, and then make a splash at Great Wolf Lodge Water Park.

Plan a Charlotte trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Charlotte takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Wilmington in December: highs in Charlotte hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Asheville

— 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 27th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum, stop by Mtn Merch, then enjoy some diversion at Mountain Play Lodge, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Asheville itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Charlotte to Asheville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or fly. December in Asheville sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trip

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · 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.