11 days in Virginia & North Carolina Itinerary

11 days in Virginia & North Carolina Itinerary

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11 days in Virginia & North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
train:  5​h
1
Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
2
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Bryson City
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Kill Devil Hills
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Charlotte
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia


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1
night
Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©
Situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is perhaps best known as the home of three of the United States' founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of University of Virginia, then steep yourself in history at James Monroe's Highland, then steep yourself in history at Michie Tavern ca. 1784, and finally contemplate the long history of Monticello.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Charlottesville trip builder tool .

Philadelphia to Charlottesville is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Charlottesville can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Parks Nightlife
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Michie Tavern ca. 1784 ©
Michie Tavern ca. 1784
Monticello ©
Monticello
James Monroe's Highland ©
James Monroe's Highland

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, view the masterpieces at American Folk Art & Framing, then look for gifts at New Morning Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Woolworth Walk. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Philip DeAngelo Studio, take a stroll through River Arts District, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and finally shop like a local with Lexington Glassworks.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Asheville day trip planning app .

Getting from Charlottesville to Asheville by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Asheville are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Zipline, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
New Morning Gallery ©
New Morning Gallery

2
nights
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, stop by Unique Gift Outlet, and then take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Little Greenbrier School, then steep yourself in history at Walker Sisters' Cabin, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bryson City trip planning tool .

Drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In July in Bryson City, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee
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River Rafting & Tubing
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Walker Sisters' Cabin ©
Walker Sisters' Cabin

1
night
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, get a taste of the local shopping with The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Bryson City to Kill Devil Hills takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Bryson City in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 73°F in Kill Devil Hills. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Wildlife Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nags Head, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

3
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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 30th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Mountain National Military Park. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Carolina Raptor Center, revel in the low prices at Concord Mills Mall, then see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, and finally identify plant and animal life at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Charlotte online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Kill Devil Hills to Charlotte in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In July in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Huntersville, Concord Mills Mall, Kings Mountain National Military Park
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Kings Mountain National Military Park ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Carolina Raptor Center ©
Carolina Raptor Center

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