11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

11 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina sightseeing planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Wilmington
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Raleigh
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Corolla
— 1 night
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to New York City

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Asheville — 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). There's much more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, go deep underground at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip itinerary tool.

New York City to Asheville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: highs in Asheville hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Charlotte.
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Charlotte — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Carowinds, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, and finally identify plant and animal life at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve. Keep things going the next day: get curious at Discovery Place Science and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Lazy 5 Ranch.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Charlotte tour planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 3 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach), Sunset Beach (Sunset Beach Waterfront Park, Kindred Spirit Mailbox, &more) and Sacred Willow Spa (in Calabash). There's still lots to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Wilmington trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Charlotte to Wilmington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): engage your brain at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then get curious at Marbles Kids Museum, then walk around Pullen Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Fletcher Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Raleigh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Raleigh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Raleigh are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Corolla.
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Corolla — 1 night

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, see Off-Road Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally identify plant and animal life at Currituck Banks Reserve.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Corolla trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Corolla takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. In March in Corolla, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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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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