5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
1
Charlotte
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Wilmington
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Charlotte

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, and then find something for the whole family at Carowinds.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Charlotte itinerary builder app .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Charlotte. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Asheville.

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

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Biltmore, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Asheville itinerary planner.

Getting from Charlotte to Asheville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and car. December in Asheville sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Scenic Drive Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Room Escape Games

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cherokee attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Cherokee

Adventure Tours Fun & Games

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

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night
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 27th (Fri): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get your game on at Battle House, and then take a tour of Battleship North Carolina.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilmington trip maker website .

Getting from Cherokee to Wilmington by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cherokee in December; daily highs in Wilmington reach 63°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games
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Battle House ©
Battle House
Room Escape Games
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

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