9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Wilmington
— 1 night
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
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Greensboro
— 1 night
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Charlotte
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Cherokee
— 1 night
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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.
On the 3rd (Tue), make a trip to Riverwalk.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wilmington online vacation builder.

Miami to Wilmington is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Miami in January, things will get cooler in Wilmington: highs are around 57°F and lows about 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can 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 5th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, examine the collection at North Carolina Museum of History, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally don't miss a visit to Memorial Bell Tower. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Carolina Basketball Museum, admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Raleigh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Raleigh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in January, expect nights in Raleigh to be about the same, around 31°F, while days are little chillier, around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Greensboro.
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Greensboro — 1 night

Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Korner's Folly, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then get curious at Greensboro Science Center, and finally see the interesting displays at International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Greensboro visit planner.

Getting from Raleigh to Greensboro by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive 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.
On the 8th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Carolina Raptor Center, engage your brain at Discovery Place Science, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Charlotte trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Greensboro to Charlotte takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and then go deep underground at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Asheville trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Asheville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Charlotte in January: highs in Asheville hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) 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 11th (Wed), try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, and then examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cherokee online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cherokee are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight 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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