11 days in West Virginia, Kentucky & North Carolina Itinerary

11 days in West Virginia, Kentucky & North Carolina Itinerary

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Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport, Drive to Davis
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Davis
— 2 nights
Drive
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Louisville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 2 nights
Fly to Dublin, Bus to Belfast

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Davis

Davis is a town in Tucker County, West Virginia, along the Blackwater River. On the 20th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Fairfax Stone State Park and then admire the sheer force of Blackwater Falls State Park.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Davis trip planner.

Belfast, UK to Davis is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Belfast to Davis is minus 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Belfast in August; daily highs in Davis reach 33°C and lows reach 19°C. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Louisville.

Things to do in Davis

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Louisville

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 22nd (Wed), Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge, and then examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, and then try your luck at Churchill Downs.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Louisville trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Davis to Louisville takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Davis in August since evenings lows in Louisville dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): Head underground at Mammoth Cave.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Cave National Park vacation planning website.

Drive from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Mammoth Cave National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Biltmore and then stroll through Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville itinerary planner.

Getting from Mammoth Cave National Park to Asheville by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Asheville. In August in Asheville, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and then head outdoors with Carolina Outfitters.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bryson City trip builder tool.

Drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Bryson City can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Side Trips

West Virginia travel guide

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Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.

Kentucky travel guide

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Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

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.