11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Ocean City
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Kill Devil Hills
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Durham
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Charlotte
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 45​min
End: Ocean City

1
night
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. On the 1st (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park. On your second day here, visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, then explore the galleries of Wright Brothers National Memorial, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kill Devil Hills trip planning site .

Ocean City to Kill Devil Hills is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Traveling from Ocean City in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 51°F in Kill Devil Hills. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Nags Head, Off-Road Tours
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Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Off-Road Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

2
nights
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Conservators Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, and then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Pullen Park, learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Durham Distillery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Durham trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Kill Devil Hills to Durham by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Kill Devil Hills in April, you will find days in Durham are a bit warmer (73°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Durham

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Raleigh, Conservators Center
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Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, then steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, and finally look for gifts at Cape Fear Spice Merchants. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Historic District, then don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilmington tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Durham to Wilmington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Wilmington are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
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Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens
Room Escape Games
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

1
night
Cherokee

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stop by Unique Gift Outlet, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and finally try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cherokee sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Wilmington to Cherokee takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Wilmington in April, things will get little chillier in Cherokee: highs are around 69°F and lows about 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Unique Gift Outlet ©
Unique Gift Outlet

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Take a break from Asheville with a short trip to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park in Chimney Rock, about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Biltmore, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, shop like a local with Lexington Glassworks, and sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Asheville online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Blue Ridge Pkwy
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Room Escape Games

1
night
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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.
On the 11th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Carowinds, browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, and then see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip builder .

You can drive from Asheville to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. April in Charlotte sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Theme Parks
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NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
Carowinds ©
Carowinds

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