Day 1 & 2: Charlotte, North Carolina
Welcome to Charlotte, the Queen city - Charlotte Airport is approx 7 miles from downtown, If you do not wish to pick your car up straight away on arrival at the airport getting into Charlotte is easy, taxi service is the primary mode of transportation from the airport to downtown and will cost approx $25-$30. Once you arrive we recommend you call into the Visitor Info Centre in Center City, it’s a great resource for the best Charlotte has to offer. Take advantage of the knowledgeable staff for attraction and restaurant recommendations, ticketing, souvenirs, walking guides, and much more.
Whether it's a quiet day at a museum or a fun-filled activity for the little kids or big kids! there's no shortage of things to do in the Queen City. Several museums, old and new, give Charlotte an edge in the world of art and culture. The Mint Museum of Art showcases American and European fine art, furniture, silver and ceramics collections, while the family-friendly Discovery Place delights visitors with interactive exhibits and IMAX theatre. And of course, you can't talk about Charlotte without talking about racing – stockcar racing, that is. Unique to the area are the nostalgic North Carolina Racing Hall of Fame and the exhilarating Richard Petty Driving Experience, where visitors embark on their own race car adventures.
Overflowing with malls and districts, Charlotte leaves little to be desired as far as shopping goes. Large and prestigious, Southpark Mall houses many high-end retailers including Tiffany & Co., Neiman Marcus, Apple and Burberry. On the outskirts of the city, Carolina Place offers a plethora of popular retailers and Concord Mills, north of the city, boasts over 200 stores and a 24-screen movie theatre. Other options include the pedestrian-friendly Ballantyne Village, a relatively new planned development filled with upscale stores, and Waxhaw Historic District, an antique lover's dream.
Dining in Charlotte is world class, from high-end nouveau-style kitchens to ethnic eateries to casual grills, the city's expanded to offer something for everyone. However tradition still reigns at the core of the dining scene, and it’s most prized establishments generally celebrate Southern and all-American eats, even if they add a contemporary or international twist. South Park's home to some of the city's most impressive dining rooms such as Zebra Restaurant and Wine Bar, known for its delectable French-inspired cuisine and contemporary digs and the fantastic Upstream, which promises innovative seafood dishes and top-notch sushi. The busy Uptown district offers numerous options, too, from the Asian-inspired cuisine at the sleek Town Restaurant to lovely Tuscan creation at Luce, an Italian restaurant in Hearst Tower. If you're looking for something more relaxed (and easy on the wallet), be on the lookout for BBQ joints serving classic Carolina pork and homey kitchens offering everything from platters of fried chicken to shrimp and grits.
Can’t sleep! Then Charlotte has some great nightlife. Concerts, from jazz to rock to acoustic, pack out with fans from all over, and also hard to resist are the chic clubs and friendly bars that keep cropping up. For most occasions, the versatile hangouts in Uptown are hard to beat.
2 Nights in Charlotte: Standard Hotel - Hampton Inn South Park / Select Hotel - Omni Charlotte
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Day 3: Greenville, South Carolina (102 miles)
Set among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northwest corner of South Carolina, Greenville's vibrant community welcomes visitors to experience breathtaking views and Southern charm at its finest. From the Liberty Bridge, a 355 foot pedestrian walkway overlooking the historic waterfalls nestled in the heart of downtown, to panoramic views from the mountains, the Greenville attractions are endless.
Visit museums, galleries, the Greenville Zoo and much more. And throughout the Upcountry, there are more than 500 historic sites as well as the famous Blue Ridge Mountains with pristine lakes and forested trails.
Greenville also offers performing arts venues with a full calendar of plays and concerts throughout the year.
Whether you're a player or a fan, you'll enjoy the sporting life in and around Greenville. Catch tomorrow's baseball stars on the Greenville Drive, class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, at the award-winning downtown Fluor Field at the West End, or head out to one of the region's universities and colleges to show your collegiate support for a local team. Whatever your age, there is plenty of Greenville recreation; and for the true outdoorsman, the city, county and state parks provide the perfect setting for biking, hiking, boating, fishing and camping. The Blue Ridge Mountains are more than a stunning backdrop to Greenville. Get out and enjoy Greenville lakes, rivers, waterfalls, trails and picnic areas. It's all found in Greenville and the Upcountry.
When the sun goes down, Greenville is alive with nightlife opportunities with hundreds of Greenville restaurants to choose from, dining out is a must enjoy. The Greenville night life and feast on some of Greenville's finest culinary creations at local hot spots. Enjoy outdoor cafes, a variety of unique settings and the warmth of traditional Southern hospitality. In addition to Southern fare, Greenville restaurants offer Italian, French, Japanese, Thai, Greek, Mexican, Dutch, and more. No matter what you're craving, dining in Greenville will please your palette.
1 Night in Greenville: Standard Hotel - Hampton inn Greenville I-385 / Select Hotel - Hilton Garden Inn Greenville
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Day 4 & 5: Hilton Head, South Carolina (260 miles)
Hilton Head Island may only be 12 miles by 5 miles wide, but you'll find everything you need for a perfect Island retreat. Get a little taste of everything with more than 250 restaurants. Play on one of the 24 golf courses that have been carved by golf's most preeminent architect. Spend a day journeying through over 200 stores and outlets or just simply hit the beach.
Walk the flat sand banks of the Atlantic Ocean or wade in the surf. Hide in the rolling dunes and natural grasses on one of the best beaches in South Carolina or gaze towards the clouds to admire kite tricks and parasailing - it's what makes Hilton Head Island one of the most relaxing holiday destinations anywhere.
All of the Hilton Head Island beaches are public, from the ocean to the high water mark. Access to the beach, however, is often private.
Not a beach person! then you will have enough to keep you occupied.....
Kayaking - Meander the pristine waterways and inlets off Hilton Head Island and the rivers surrounding Bluffton in your personal kayak. Canoe and kayak rentals and instruction are available for those who want to explore the Island’s creeks, marshes and inlets along Calibogue Sound.
ZipLine Canopy Tour - at Broad Creek Marina Adventures is an approximately 2 1/2 hour tour, soaring over magnificent live oaks looking out at beautiful Broad Creek, the boats, marshes and dolphins. Fly along 8 zip lines with heights to 75 ft. including a dual cable racing zip line finale, plus climb suspended sky bridges and an aerial staircase.
Nature Preserves - Revisit nature at a Hilton Head nature preserve. Visit the Newhall Audubon Nature Preserve and view the natural flora and fauna of the Island. Find wildlife at Pinckney Island Nature Preserve, a former lookout used by early settlers. Walk the last remaining tract of undisturbed land on Hilton Head Island at Sea Pines Forest Preserves. Explore a 4,000 year-old Indian Shell Ring.
Hiking & Biking - You'll find some of the best biking and hiking in South Carolina on designated paths on the Island bordered by plants, wild animals and marshlands. Each trail leads to a point of interest on the Island. Explore trails from sunrise to sunset. Or, cross the bridge to the Main Trail on Pinckney Island.
One of the most popular activities while visiting is cycling. With over 50 miles of paved paths covering the Island, there isn’t a place visitors can’t go with their bikes, including the 12 miles of sandy beaches.
Four-legged Friends - Hilton Head Island natives also include deer, bobcats, otters, minks and even a few wild boar. Of all the Island creatures, the bobcat proves to be the most elusive, lurking in the forest preserves and in the undeveloped parts of the Island. To view these Island creatures in their natural habitat, guests can take a Lake and Forest Hayrides, Horseback or Walking Tours of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve.
Endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtles - The loggerhead turtle, an endangered species, nests extensively along Hilton Head Island’s 12 miles of wide, sandy beaches. Although few visitors ever meet these 200 pound giants, for the turtles choose the darkest hours of the summer night to crawl ashore and bury eggs in the soft sand. Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island offers a late night Turtle Watch for visitors who are interested in observing the habits of the loggerhead turtle.
Bottle Nose Dolphins - Several oceanfront resorts on the Island, such as Hilton Head Plantation, Port Royal Plantation, Palmetto Dunes or Forest Beach, are excellent places to see a bottle nose dolphin. In the summer, dolphins are prevalent along the shoreline, where they feed on small fish and sea creatures. There are also many companies offering dolphin tours
Bird Watching - Protected wetlands make Hilton Head the place to watch shorebirds and inland birds. See Egrets, Sandpipers and Wood Storks in Hilton Head nature preserves. Look above to catch Sea Gulls in flight alongside Pelicans and Osprey Eagles. Hilton Head Island is a bird watcher's haven.
Audubon-Newhall Preserve - Located just off Palmetto Bay Road, this Hilton Head nature preserve covers about 50 acres on the southern end of Hilton Head Island. There are several walking trails that lead through a wide variety of trees and shrubs.
Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge - If you seek a great place to see a wide variety of birds and other wildlife, the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is the place to go. Pinckney Island lies between the northern shore of Hilton Head Island and the mainland.
2 Nights in Hilton Head: Standard Hotel - Comfort Inn / Select Hotel - Westin Hilton Head Island Resort
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Day 6: Charleston, South Carolina (104 miles)
Charleston is the state's most beautiful and historic treasure. Charleston has had a starring role in South Carolina history since its founding more than 300 years ago. The English established the first permanent European settlement on the Ashley River in 1670. War, fires, earthquakes and hurricanes have threatened this resilient city over the years but it still stands strong and beautiful. The city's historic district today has barely changed, boasting 73 pre-Revolutionary buildings, 136 late 18th century structures and over 600 others built in the 1840s. Visitors can tour the city by foot or horse-drawn carriage.
There seems to be no better way to see all the sites in the Charleston are than to embark on one of the many sightseeing tours. Whether by land or sea, Charleston offers plenty of special interest tours to learn all of the rich history of the area. Whether you prefer to stroll down quaint alleyways by foot or trot through the streets in a carriage, all paths lead visitors on an unforgettable journey back in time. You'll be entertained and enlightened by knowledgeable guides giving tours on foot, by carriage, by van - even by boat!
Famous golf courses, top-rated tennis courts, pristine beaches, monumental battleships and beautifully preserved architecture barely scratches the surface of attractions in Charleston. You can be as adventurous or as tame as you like. Best of all, the mild climate means you can enjoy most of sights year-round.
Stand on the site of the first shot in the Civil War. Come face to face with a giant sea turtle. Take a tour of an antebellum mansion. Climb aboard a WWII aircraft carrier. There are so many blossoming gardens and so many photo opportunities.
Bargain hunting is always in style at Tanger Outlets. Shop and save at brand name stores including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Nine West, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and more!
1 Night in Charleston: Standard Hotel - Holiday inn Riverview / Select Hotel - Francis Marion
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Day 7: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (98 miles)
When you're here, the beach is your playground with over 60 miles of sand, sun and sparkling Atlantic Ocean. And while a trip to the beach is a must when visiting the Myrtle Beach area, the fun extends beyond our shores to over thousands of area activities and attractions.
With two state parks and plenty of other outdoor attractions, exploring the Myrtle Beach area's natural side and discovering the picturesque South Carolina landscape is always a favourite activity. Fishing is another favourite be it from a pier or a charter fishing boat.
Golfers will delight in our over 100 championship golf courses.
Shopaholics will be pleased in the wide array of fantastic stores in the Myrtle Beach area. Indulge at one of the areas upscale retail stores or enjoy outdoor shopping complexes while hunting for souvenirs. Bargain hunting is made easy here, too, with two outlet malls offering tons of different name brand stores to choose from.
Vibrant Myrtle Beach nightlife comes complete with its nightclubs, discos, sports bars and beach clubs among many other hot spots. It's tough to say where to begin, but it's best to consider your mood. Feel like dancing? The Myrtle Beach Area has a wealth of dance clubs, where you can disco dance, swing, two-step and so much more. If you like to sing, test your talent at one of many popular karaoke clubs. Sports fans will feel right at home in one of many Myrtle Beach Area sports bars, sipping an ice-cold brew while your game is played out on a big-screen TVs. Like live music? It's everywhere when you're experiencing Myrtle Beach nightlife and in every style imaginable - pop, rock, country, blues, R&B, instrumental, and more.
The Myrtle Beach area showcases 60-miles of beach, a picture-perfect gateway to the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Whether you decide you want to go boating, fishing, surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, parasailing, windsurfing, or any water sport you love, you'll find that the area's crystal blue waters provide the perfect playground to do so.
A must-see Myrtle Beach area attraction is Brookgreen gardens with its beautiful gardens, amazing art, accredited zoo, and South Carolina historical landmark.
Located along the Intracoastal Waterway in beautiful North Myrtle Beach is Barefoot Landing which naturally combines beauty and nature with the fun and excitement of shopping, dining, entertainment and special events for the entire family. Migratory waterfowl, exotic fish and wildlife make North Myrtle Beach's Barefoot Landing their home.
A stroll along the boardwalk or the dock is reminiscent of an old fishing village. As gentle breezes blow across the 27-acre lake, the temptation to sit and relax during an afternoon of shopping is overwhelming.
Broadway at the Beach, South Carolina's favourite Travel Destination and the largest entertainment venue of its kind in the state features unique specialty shops, exceptional dining, award-winning attractions, fabulous nightlife and relaxing accommodations, all surrounding the magnificent Lake Broadway.
WonderWorks, an indoor amusement park for the mind, has 100 interactive exhibits for all ages. Experience 84mph hurricane force winds, lie on a bed of nails, land, design & ride a virtual roller coaster, climb an indoor ropes course, play a game of lazer-tag, plus more! At Broadway at the Beach.
Ripley’s features five great attractions in the Myrtle Beach area including Ripley's Aquarium, Ripley's Haunted Adventure, Ripley's Believe It or Not, Ripley's 4-D Moving Theatre and Ripley's Super Fun Zone.
Wild Water & Wheels is a 16 acre park filled with exciting rides and slides. With 18 holes of mini golf, bumper boats, go carts and kiddie rides it is much more than a water park. It is the place to be all summer long and the complete fun centre for the entire family.
1 Night in Myrtle Beach: Standard Hotel - Courtyard By Marriott Barefoot Landing / Select Hotel - Hampton Inn & Suites Oceanfront
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Day 8: Wilmington, North Carolina (75 miles)
The charming city of Wilmington NC, also known as the Port City, is located in the south-eastern corner of North Carolina between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. Although not just a tourist town, Wilmington, NC has many attractions such as the Battleship North Carolina, Airlie Gardens and Screen Gem Studios where TV shows such as Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill were filmed.
It has become a popular destination because of its moderate, four-season climate, historic preservation district, annual events such as Wilmington Riverfest and the Azalea Festival and numerous championship golf courses. In addition, the nearby Wrightsville, Carolina and Kure Beaches are a mecca for boaters, surfers, sunbathers, beachcombers and seafood lovers and round out the wide variety of attractions in the Wilmington, NC area.
In Wilmington, there are a multitude of activities for all age groups and interests. Almost everyone enjoys touring the historic district viewing the variety of architecture, unique shops and restaurants. There are also many museums including the WWII battleship North Carolina. Many movies and TV shows are filmed in Wilmington and fans can tour the Screen Gem Studios.
There are many golf courses from par 3 up to challenging championship style courses, Fishermen can fish from the pier at the nearby Wrightsville, Kure or Carolina beaches or charter a boat to go deep sea fishing. There are a number of historic houses, plantations and the Airlie Gardens to tour as well as haunted tours of historic Wilmington.
1 Night in Wilmington: Standard Hotel - Best Western Plus Coastline Inn / Select Hotel - Hilton Wilmington Riverside
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Day 9 & 10: Outer Banks, North Carolina (270 miles)
It’s a long drive today but well worth it and takes you to some of the best beaches in the country, the 100 mile chain of barrier islands called the Outer Banks. Once you arrive for your next couple of days simply lounge on the beach or visit some of the sights the area has to offer.
This 200-mile stretch of barrier islands just off the coast of North Carolina is a different kind of place. Beautifully natural, formed by centuries of wind, water and sand blown from the Atlantic Ocean, and home to a rich history, it's a place that inspires a true sense of adventure. From Duck down to Hatteras, each town and island along the banks offers a unique experience not soon forgotten.
The Outer Banks is a series of barrier islands that jut out off the coast of North Carolina. A collection of sand bars, really. From north to south: Northern Beaches, Roanoke Island & Dare Mainland and Hatteras. These islands, now connected by a series of bridges, each have their own history, geographical features and culture creating three different and exciting vacation experiences. The Northern Beaches is filled with towns loaded with shopping, restaurants, plenty of beach space and activity. And with names you probably recognize – Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk to name a few. Roanoke Island is quieter, quaint and pedestrian friendly with a deep history dating back to the first English colony. Hatteras is even quieter still, with vast stretches of land devoted to sand dunes and sea oats. It feels a world away, relaxed for travellers looking for a little solitude.
Thank goodness, there are no cities here. Just quaint towns and sleepy fishing villages, each wonderfully weather worn to a varying degree. Even spanning hundreds of years and despite millions of visitors, each town retains its own individual character. To the north, Duck and Southern Shores are the newest communities on the Outer Banks, populated by services of all kinds and beautiful vacation homes. Centrally located, the towns of Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head are more populated, especially in the summer, with plenty of locally owned restaurants, bars and beach shops. And then to the south, on Hatteras Island, a bevy of quaint neatly isolated towns sit nestled right along the ocean. Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras: one road leads to them all.
At Wright Brothers Memorial State Park see where the Wright Brothers first flew their powered airplane and at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, see the largest sand dune in the country. There’s a wide array of restaurants all along the beachfront from casual beach hang-outs to fine dining.
The Outer Banks has a way of changing people and opening their eyes to new experiences. It’s like visiting a world you never knew existed. In this world, there’s never a dull moment, but instead days filled with a gamut of outdoor recreation, sightseeing and cultural possibilities. All thanks to the wind and the waves, this spectacular natural stage has been set. For hang gliding off sand dunes. For some of the world’s finest kite boarding. For touring historical lighthouses. For biking, hiking and bird watching. For days spent on the beach. For nights in Rodanthe. For all the great things to see and do in the Outer Banks. But the best part? There’s always more around each and every corner.
2 Nights in Kitty Hawk: Standard Hotel - Holiday Inn Express / Select Hotel - Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks
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Day 11: Raleigh, North Carolina (208 miles)
The States Capital Raleigh is a perfect stop when looking for the excitement and attractions of a great city, combined with the affordability, approachability and appeal of a classic Southern town.
Best known for its world-class museums, best of Broadway shows and live concerts, capital area historic sites, professional and amateur sporting events and shopping mecca status with 11 major retail areas, Greater Raleigh truly offers a variety of entertainment all in one park-like, scenic setting.
Walk through the cobblestone streets of City Market and do a little shopping, stroll over to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (free) and the North Carolina Museum of History (free). The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences features four floors of exhibits, including prehistoric N.C. (featuring the Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur) and a dry tropical rainforest with butterflies, hummingbirds and a one-toed sloth. The N.C. Museum of History has short-term and long-term exhibitions about the history of the state, including Civil War heritage as well as the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame. Next, walk one block to the North Carolina State Capitol building (free). Tour the building to see the old legislative chambers and be sure to ask about the statue of George Washington in a toga!
Take a walk back toward the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' new wing (opened in 2012) called the Nature Research Centre, which explains how we know all we do about nature. Inside you can grab some lunch at the Daily Planet Cafe, or head back toward Fayetteville St. and dine at one of the many restaurants in the Fayetteville Street district of downtown.
Visit Mordecai Historic Park, offering guided tours of the Mordecai mansion, an antebellum plantation home, and tours of other historic structures, which have been moved to Mordecai Park for preservation, including the birthplace of Andrew Johnson. If you’re here on a Sat., be sure to hop a ride on the Historic Raleigh Trolley, which will take you on a one-hour narrated tour around downtown Raleigh every Saturday Mar.-Dec.
A drive a few miles out of Raleigh’s unique outdoor shopping destinations such as Cameron Village or North Hills is well worth it to enjoy shopping in locally owned stores and some delicious dinner options.
1 Night in Raleigh: Standard Hotel - Holiday inn Crabtree / Select Hotel - Hilton North Raleigh Midtown
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Day 12: Winston-Salem, North Carolina (102 miles)
Not just the home of the Krispy Kreme Doughnut! From charming cobblestone streets at historic sites and museums to avant garde art galleries and eclectic shops, Winston-Salem holds allure for many. Whether its arts and history, the array of outdoor adventures or touring more than 30 wineries in the neighbouring Yadkin Valley, there are lots of things to explore and enjoy that await you.
Hanes Mall, the largest shopping mall in North Carolina, and one of the largest in the south-eastern United States. The area surrounding the mall along Stratford Road, Silas Creek Parkway, and Hanes Mall Boulevard has become the city's largest shopping district.
Go back in time in Old Salem with a visit to The museums, the Historic Town of Salem, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), along with award-winning heirloom gardens. This unique attraction engages visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South.
In nearby Asheboro discover more than 1,100 exotic animals representing Africa and North America in one of the world's greatest natural habitat animal parks - the North Carolina Zoo.
Winston-Salem is also gateway to North Carolina's increasingly popular Yadkin Valley wineries, The Yadkin Valley is North Carolina’s first federally-recognized American Viticultural Area (AVA). A true river valley, it covers over 1.4 million acres of rolling foothills in North-western North Carolina and reaches the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Clat-loam soles and temperate climate provide excellent conditions for growing European varietals such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.
1 Night in Winston-Salem: Standard Hotel - La Quinta Winston-Salem / Select Hotel - Courtyard By Marriott Hanes Mall
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Day 13 & 14: Asheville, North Carolina (146 miles)
This morning’s drive takes you to stunning Asheville, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Asheville boasts a thriving arts community, diverse outdoor adventures, a vibrant downtown, and numerous historic and architectural attractions such as Biltmore, the largest home in the United States.
This afternoon is a good time to tour the Biltmore Estate’s home and gardens. Take a self-guided tour of this 250-room French château, completed in 1895 by George Vanderbilt. The house showcases how people lived and worked in this, America’s largest home. Also, explore the acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, designed by the renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Asheville’s funky downtown has a vibrant restaurant scene that goes well beyond its Southern cooking and roots and many restaurants also feature live music from jazz to bluegrass.
Scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway are a must while in Asheville and there are a number of places to visit. If soft-adventure is of interest, there’s more than enough hiking trails, canopy tours or horseback riding options available.
At Grandfather Mountain, view the native animal habitats, enjoy hiking and test your courage on the Mile High Swinging bridge.
Or travel along old Indian trading paths the Indians used to cross through the mountains to trading posts and villages in the Tennessee and Ohio River valleys. Over the years, the river cut away at the rock valley walls leaving a relatively flat river bed.
One can also choose to visit Hot Springs, named for the hot mineral springs, it is a haven for those seeking outdoor adventure, healing and relaxation.
Take a hop-on/hop-off tour to visit areas such as the Montford Historic District to see Asheville's impressive collection of Queen Ann style home, the author Thomas Wolfe’s Home and Museum, Pack Square cultural area, and the River Arts District.
This afternoon walk the 1.7 mile Asheville Urban Trail, often called Asheville's "museum without walls." Thirty stations of whimsical bronze sculptures and other works of art illuminate some of the history of downtown's development and the notable people who once lived there.
Travel to Cherokee at the southern entrance of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here one will discover the history, culture and traditions of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, a civilization older than the Inca, Maya, Egyptians and the Romans. Visit its cultural sites and attractions such as the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to experience the 11,000 year old Cherokee story.
2 Nights in Asheville: Standard Hotel - Crowne Plaza / Select Hotel - Grand Bohemian Hotel
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Day 15: Charlotte, North Carolina (130 miles)
Time today to head back to Charlotte to drop your car and take your flight home, en-route either stop at South Mountains State park or take a five-winery trail.
Nestled deep in the woods, South Mountains State Park is the perfect place to enjoy nature. Here you can see a majestic mountain range peeking out from the gently rolling landscape of the piedmont. The park includes elevations up to 3,000 feet, a waterfall dropping 80 feet and more than 40 miles of trails. From equestrian camping to trout fishing, mountain biking to picnicking, a number of activities are available at South Mountains State Park.
Visit one of the state's most rugged parks. Hike the trail to High Shoals Falls to witness the roar of the waterfall as it pours into a large pool. Backpack through the woodlands for primitive camping. Fish for trout in miles of mountain streams, or bicycle along the 17-mile mountain-bike loop.
The Five winery trail offers a perfect sampler of the North Carolina Wine Country experience, From the muscadine wines produced at WoodMill Winery to the classic varietals grown at Rockhouse, from the small family-run operations at Owl’s Eye and Green Creek to America’s most visited winery at Biltmore, you will see and taste a wide range of NC wines and can explore the methods by which they’re produced. Plus, you’ll see some amazing North Carolina scenery along the way!