11 days in North Carolina Mountains & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

11 days in North Carolina Mountains & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Cherokee
— 1 night
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Wilmington
— 1 night
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Nags Head
— 2 nights
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Pisgah Forest
— 3 nights
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Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Zipline. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at New Morning Gallery and Lexington Glassworks. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Biltmore, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Asheville trip builder site.

St. Augustine to Asheville is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from St. Augustine in July, things will get slightly colder in Asheville: highs are around 84°F and lows about 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping · Museums · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stop by Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop, then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cherokee trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cherokee can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Shopping

Side Trip

Wilmington

— 1 night
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, wander the streets of Historic District, and then stop by The Veggie Wagon.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Wilmington route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Cherokee to Wilmington takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cherokee in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Wilmington: highs are around 89°F and lows about 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nags Head

— 2 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, then have some family-friendly fun at Life On A Sandbar, and finally admire the majestic nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park. On your second day here, see Off-Road Tours and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nags Head road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Nags Head takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, daily temperatures in Nags Head can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Pisgah Forest.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Pisgah Forest

— 3 nights
Pisgah Forest is an unincorporated community in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get your game on at Pisgah Forest Gem Mine, then explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Pkwy, and then hike along Devil's Courthouse. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Sliding Rock, then admire the sheer force of Looking Glass Falls, and then identify plant and animal life at DuPont State Recreational Forest.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Pisgah Forest visit planner.

You can fly from Nags Head to Pisgah Forest in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Nags Head in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 65°F in Pisgah Forest. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pisgah Forest

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

4.5
Historic Sites · Zipline · River Rafting & Tubing
Called the "Land of the Blue Mist" by the Cherokee Indians, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are one of the world's most biologically diverse wilderness areas. The vast national park sheltering the native wildlife of these ancient mountains offers a close look at the area's nature and its people. A perfect spot for a tranquil vacation, the blue-misted mountains are one of the country's few World Heritage Sites, protecting the largest old-growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Things to do for adventurous visitors include whitewater rafting and river tubing, while those interested in more urbane entertainment can explore the area's many small towns on the 750 km (470 mi) scenic road meandering over the mountains.

North Carolina Coast travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Lighthouses · Piers & Boardwalks
Plan a trip to North Carolina Coast to explore a lengthy stretch of barrier island beaches. While there, you'll have a chance to discover some 480 km (300 mi) of beaches, each offering a different vibe and a range of activities. As you holiday in North Carolina Coast, you'll also find many coastal towns, adding urban things to do to your itinerary. Things to do in North Carolina Coast range from wreck diving and working on that perfect tan, to dining at fine restaurants and exploring historical sites.