8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina travel route builder

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Charlotte
— 3 nights
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Southern Pines
— 1 night
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Durham
— 1 night
Drive
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Chapel Hill
— 1 night
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Greensboro
— 1 night
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Charlotte

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Charlotte: Greenville (Liberty Bridge, Falls Park on the Reedy, &more) and Columbia (Sea Lion Landing & Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, make a splash at Great Wolf Lodge Water Park, and engage your brain at Discovery Place Science.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip itinerary website.

San Diego to Charlotte is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Charlotte is 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Diego in March, with highs in Charlotte at 63°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Southern Pines.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Southern Pines

— 1 night
Southern Pines is a town in Moore County, North Carolina, United States. On the 20th (Sat), stroll around Rassie Wicker Park, then let the kids burn off some steam at Camelot Playground, then admire the natural beauty at Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Reservoir Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Southern Pines road trip planner.

You can drive from Charlotte to Southern Pines in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Southern Pines

Parks · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trip

Durham

— 1 night

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, and then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Durham online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Southern Pines to Durham by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Durham are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Chapel Hill.

Things to do in Durham

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chapel Hill

— 1 night
Chapel Hill is a town in Durham and Orange Counties, and the home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Chapel of the Cross, then gain insight at University of North Carolina, then see the interesting displays at The Carolina Basketball Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Chapel Hill trip tool.

Chapel Hill is just a short distance from Durham. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in March, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Greensboro.

Things to do in Chapel Hill

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Greensboro

— 1 night
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, get curious at Greensboro Science Center, and then see the interesting displays at International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Greensboro route app.

Traveling by car from Chapel Hill to Greensboro takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Greensboro

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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.