14 days in Missouri & North Carolina Itinerary

14 days in Missouri & North Carolina Itinerary

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14 days in Missouri & North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Saint Louis
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Cherokee
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Asheville
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Nags Head
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
5
Beaufort
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  2​h 15​min
6
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Branson
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Kansas City
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  20​h
End: Tokyo

1
night
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at City Museum, take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo, look for gifts at Herbaria, then contemplate the long history of Missouri Botanical Garden, then admire all the interesting features of Grant's Farm, and finally walk around Forest Park.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Saint Louis trip itinerary site .

Tokyo, Japan to Saint Louis is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Tokyo to Saint Louis due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saint Louis when traveling from Tokyo in August, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Forest Park ©
Forest Park
Grant's Farm ©
Grant's Farm

1
day
Cherokee

Cherokee ©
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 6th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll around Oconaluftee Islands Park, admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and finally admire the masterpieces at Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cherokee vacation builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Saint Louis to Cherokee takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Cherokee. Traveling from Saint Louis in August, expect Cherokee to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls
Oconaluftee Islands Park ©
Oconaluftee Islands Park
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the views from Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then see the interesting displays at Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and finally examine the collection at Asheville Pinball Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, then explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Parkway, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Asheville trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Lake Lure, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Blue Ridge Parkway
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, admire the natural beauty at Elizabethan Gardens, then take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk.

Plan trip to Nags Head with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Do a combination of flight and car from Asheville to Nags Head in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Asheville in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nags Head, with lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Beaufort.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Manteo, Duck
Highlights from your plan
Jennette's Pier ©
Jennette's Pier
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a town in and the county seat of Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, admire the majestic nature at Fort Macon State Park, make a trip to Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground, then examine the collection at North Carolina Maritime Museum, and finally visit Island Express Ferry Service.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Beaufort trip builder .

Getting from Nags Head to Beaufort by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks Outdoors Transportation

Side Trips

Fort Macon State Park, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Highlights from your plan
Island Express Ferry Service ©
Island Express Ferry Service
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park
North Carolina Maritime Museum ©
North Carolina Maritime Museum

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, enjoy the sand and surf at Oak Island Beach, and then head off the coast to Topsail Island. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, make a trip to Riverwalk, kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, then contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, and finally view the masterpieces at Going Local NC.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Wilmington holiday maker website .

Getting from Beaufort to Wilmington by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Topsail Island, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Oak Island Beach
Highlights from your plan
Topsail Island ©
Topsail Island
Room Escape Games
Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens

2
nights
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Stone Hill Winery, look for all kinds of wild species at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, then Head underground at Marvel Cave, then examine the collection at Titanic Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Dancing Water Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Silver Dollar City.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Branson trip maker website .

You can fly from Wilmington to Branson in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Wilmington to Branson is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Wilmington in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Branson, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery ©
Marvel Cave ©
Marvel Cave

2
nights
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): examine the collection at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take an in-depth tour of National WWI Museum and Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arabia Steamboat Museum. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Holladay Distillery.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kansas City trip planner .

Traveling by car from Branson to Kansas City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Fun & Games Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Holladay Distillery, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Holladay Distillery ©
Holladay Distillery
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art ©
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum ©

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