8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Asheville
— 1 night
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Cherokee
— 1 night
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Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive
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Greensboro
— 1 night
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
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Wilmington
— 1 night
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Asheville — 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 6th (Fri), discover the riches below the earth's surface at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville tour planner.

Fort Myers to Asheville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Fort Myers in January, with highs in Asheville at 47°F and lows at 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cherokee.
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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.
On the 8th (Sun), try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cherokee itinerary planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In January in Cherokee, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Charlotte.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): engage your brain at Carolina Raptor Center, then get curious at Discovery Place Science, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Charlotte trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Cherokee to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. January in Charlotte sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Greensboro.
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Greensboro — 1 night

Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 10th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Korner's Folly, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then get curious at Greensboro Science Center, and finally examine the collection at International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Greensboro trip planning website.

Drive from Charlotte to Greensboro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Greensboro are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.
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Raleigh — 2 nights

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 11th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, examine the collection at North Carolina Museum of History, and then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Carolina Basketball Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Raleigh trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Greensboro to Raleigh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Raleigh are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 1 night

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): step aboard Battleship North Carolina, then stop by Historic District, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Wilmington tour planner.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Wilmington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Raleigh in January, you will find days in Wilmington are a bit warmer (57°F), and nights are about the same (35°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
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North Carolina travel guide

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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.
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