8 days in Philadelphia & North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in Philadelphia & North Carolina Itinerary

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— 4 nights
— 2 nights
Blowing Rock
— 1 night


Philadelphia — 4 nights

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Explore Philadelphia's surroundings by going to Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (in Winterthur) and Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, ponder the world of politics at City Hall Visitor Center, steep yourself in history at Independence Hall, and get into the urban bustle at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Philadelphia online itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Philadelphia. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in December, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Asheville.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trips
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Asheville — 2 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): learn the secrets of beer at BREW-ed, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then view the masterpieces at New Morning Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, then do a tasting at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, then go deep underground at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Asheville trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Philadelphia to Asheville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Philadelphia in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville: temperatures range from 47°F by day to 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Blowing Rock.
Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
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Blowing Rock — 1 night

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for gifts at Mast General Store, explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Asheville to Blowing Rock by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in January, you will find days in Blowing Rock are little chillier (41°F), and nights are about the same (23°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails
Side Trip
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North Carolina travel guide

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.