12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
1
Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Bryson City
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Corolla
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Ferry:  6​h
End: Toronto

2
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rough Ridge Lookout, and then grab your bike and head to Catawba River Greenway. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Tours, then admire all the interesting features of Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Blowing Rock day trip planning website .

Toronto, Canada to Blowing Rock is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Blowing Rock are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Linville, Catawba River Greenway, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Zipline
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Escape the urban bustle at The North Carolina Arboretum and DuPont State Recreational Forest. Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: Zipline (in Lake Lure), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Bearwallow Mountain (in Hendersonville). There's much more to do: cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Asheville visit planning site .

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Blowing Rock in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Bearwallow Mountain, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Zipline
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Zipline
DuPont State Recreational Forest ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

3
nights
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Cherohala Skyway will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bryson City: Highlands (Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, Dry Falls, & more) and Max Patch (in Hot Springs). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain and look for all kinds of wild species at Collins Creek Picnic Area.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bryson City trip planner .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Bryson City are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Highlands, Max Patch, Whiteside Mountain, Cherohala Skyway, Collins Creek Picnic Area
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River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Max Patch ©
Max Patch

3
nights
Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Get in touch with nature at Currituck Banks Reserve and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Corolla: Nags Head (Jockey's Ridge State Park & Bodie Island Lighthouse) and Kill Devil Hills (Wright Brothers National Memorial & Outer Banks Old Time Photos). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education and enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Corolla trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Bryson City to Corolla takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Bryson City in October, things will get a bit warmer in Corolla: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, North Pond Trail
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

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