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North Carolina 10 nights

GTK
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North Carolina 10 nights

Couple (late-50s) flying into and out of Charlotte, arriving 6th June for 10 nights with probable need to spend one night in Raleigh area (doesn’t matter when). We are active and like gentle hiking (waterfalls, etc.), walking on the beach (passing time), tourist activities, general browsing and good food.

Is a combination of mountains and coast realistic for such a duration?

Suggestions for possible itinerary would be welcomed

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1. Re: North Carolina 10 nights

Hi GTK,

Sure, 10 days is plenty of time to explore both the mountains and the coast of NC. You can basically do a loop from Charlotte in either direction--go to the mountains, then through Raleigh on your way to the coast, then back to Charlotte (or vice versa). There are many possibilities, but I'll attempt to outline a general itenerary for you:

I'd suggest going from Charlotte to Asheville via US 74 and US 74A. 74A is a scenic road that will take you by Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, where you can stop and go to the top of the rock for amazing views. Then go on into Asheville and stay for maybe 2-3 nights while exploring the city and surrounding area. From Asheville, take the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway to the Blowing Rock/Boone area where you can spend another night or two. There are lots of worthy attractions along the BRP, such as Craggy Gardens, Mount Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain, and Linville Falls. There are also some incredible hiking opportunities at these places and more. Here are a couple of links with more info (of course you can also google any of the above):

http://www.exploreasheville.com/

http://www.highcountryhost.com/

visitnc.com/journeys/highlights/high-country…

From Boone/Blowing Rock, take US 421 to Winston-Salem where you'll pick up Interstate 40 to Raleigh. From Raleigh, continue on I-40 to Wilmington and its area beaches (Wrightsville, Carolina Beach, or Kure Beach). Lots to do both in the city of Wilmington and the surrounding beaches, including a tour of the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial, a stroll along the riverfront, the NC Aquarium, Fort Fisher, etc. Here's a link with lots of info: http://www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/

From Wilmington, it's about a 3.5 hour drive back to Charlotte.

Good luck in your planning, and don't hesitate to ask if you have more questions!

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2. Re: North Carolina 10 nights

Yes, CLT is a good base for the mountains & the coast. Apart from Wilmington & other beaches (NC), you could also visit SC beaches + Charleston... With 10 days, you can do both, though if visiting Raleigh, then NC beach towns make more sense....

Links:

http://www.charlestoncvb.com/

www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/…

http://www.visitnewbern.com/

http://www.visitwaterfalls.com/

http://brevardnc.com/

Savannah is also nice to visit - if you decide to go to SC beaches....

http://www.visitsavannah.com/

GTK
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3. Re: North Carolina 10 nights

Thank you both for taking the time to respond.

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4. Re: North Carolina 10 nights

We would love for you to visit our beautiful NC Mountains. There are many outdoor activities, festivals, if you are there at the right time, hiking, fishing, shopping, crafts and beautiful scenery.

Here are several ideas for you to read about.

romanticasheville.com/BlueRidgeParkway.htm

www.blueridgeparkway.org

http://www.highcountryoutdoors.com/hike.htm

www.grandfather.com

www.mastgeneralstore.com

www.southernhighlandguild.org

www.visitboonenc.com

www.mountainsofnc.com

www.blowingrock.com

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5. Re: North Carolina 10 nights

A great magazine to check out is "Our State."

http://www.ourstate.com/

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