7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina sightseeing planner

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Highlands
— 1 day
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Cherokee
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
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Raleigh
— 1 night
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Highlands

— 1 day
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 29th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Highlands online trip planner.

Charlotte to Highlands is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Charlotte in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Highlands, with lows around 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Cherokee

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Soco Falls, admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cherokee day trip website.

Traveling by car from Highlands to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cherokee are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Nature · Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trip

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get outdoors at Tumblestone Tours and Transportation and Max Patch. When in Asheville, make a side trip to see Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, approximately Maggie Valley away. There's lots more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Instant Karma Asheville, and sample some tasty brews at BREW-ed.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip planner.

Getting from Cherokee to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 1 night
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. On the 3rd (Wed), ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, then stroll through Appalachian Ski Mtn., and then get interesting insight from Tours.

Find out how to plan Blowing Rock trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in February, expect nights in Blowing Rock to be about the same, around 27°F, while days are slightly colder, around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Raleigh

— 1 night

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Umstead State Park, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and then learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Raleigh online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Raleigh in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Blowing Rock in February, with highs in Raleigh at 55°F and lows at 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums · Parks

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.