9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner

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Fly
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Raleigh
— 1 night
Drive
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Greensboro
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charlotte
— 1 night
Fly

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Raleigh

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 10th (Tue), get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then engage your brain at Marbles Kids Museum, and then stroll around Pullen Park. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Neuse River Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and then deepen your understanding at Duke University.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Raleigh trip planner.

Hartford to Raleigh is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hartford in November, you will find days in Raleigh are a bit warmer (62°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Greensboro.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

1
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Greensboro

Greensboro is a city in the U.S. On the 12th (Thu), stroll through Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, get curious at Greensboro Science Center, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ambleside Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Greensboro journey planner.

You can drive from Raleigh to Greensboro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Greensboro are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Greensboro

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Asheville is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go all around town with BREW-ed, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Asheville vacation maker.

You can drive from Greensboro to Asheville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. November in Asheville sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
nights
Cherokee

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 16th (Mon): stop by Dogwood Crafters, take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and finally try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee. On the next day, cast your line with a fishing tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cherokee trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In November in Cherokee, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

1
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Charlotte

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get curious at Discovery Place Science and then examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Charlotte trip builder tool.

Drive from Cherokee to Charlotte in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cherokee in November, Charlotte is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Childrens Museums

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.