10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina journey planner

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Bryson City
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Charlotte
— 1 night
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Nags Head
— 3 nights
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Raleigh
— 1 night
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Bryson City

— 1 night
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Oconaluftee Indian Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then head outdoors with Carolina Outfitters, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bryson City trip itinerary website.

Phoenix to Bryson City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Phoenix in September, expect Bryson City to be cooler, temps between 79°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Food Tours and Blue Ridge Pkwy. Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure), Justus Orchard (in Hendersonville) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville online attractions planner.

Drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. September in Asheville sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Discovery Place Science, then find something for the whole family at Carowinds, and then identify plant and animal life at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve.

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Drive from Asheville to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in October, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Charlotte

Childrens Museums · Museums · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Nags Head

— 3 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Off-Road Tours and Bodie Island Lighthouse. Step out of Nags Head with an excursion to Back Country Safari Tours in Corolla--about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nags Head trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Charlotte to Nags Head takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Charlotte in October, Nags Head is a bit warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 1 night

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 8th (Fri): get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then get curious at Marbles Kids Museum, then stroll around Pullen Park, and finally identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Raleigh travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nags Head to Raleigh in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Raleigh when traveling from Nags Head in October, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
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.