15 days in North Carolina Mountains & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Mountains & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina sightseeing planner

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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
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Bryson City
— 3 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Wilmington
— 3 nights
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Nags Head
— 4 nights
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Blowing Rock

— 1 night
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Rough Ridge Lookout.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Blowing Rock road trip tool.

Newark to Blowing Rock is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Newark in August; daily highs in Blowing Rock reach 76°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Bryson City

— 3 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Museum of the Cherokee Indian will thrill your kids. Explore Bryson City's surroundings by going to Santeetlah Lake (in Robbinsville), Highlands (Bridal Veil Falls & Dry Falls) and Carolina Outfitters (in Topton). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, look for gifts at Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop, and try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bryson City planning tool.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Bryson City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Blowing Rock in August, you will find days in Bryson City are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zipline and Sliding Rock. Venture out of the city with trips to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Hendersonville (Slick Rock Country Emporium, Bearwallow Mountain, &more) and DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy and explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville road trip website.

Getting from Bryson City to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Asheville sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 3 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kids will enjoy Battleship North Carolina and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach) and Topsail Island (in Surf City). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, admire the majestic nature at Carolina Beach State Park, stop by Historic District, and kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex.

For reviews and more tourist information, read Wilmington day trip planning website.

Fly from Asheville to Wilmington in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Wilmington: highs are around 88°F and lows about 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Nags Head

— 4 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Off-Road Tours and Parasailing & Paragliding. When in Nags Head, make a side trip to see Nature & Wildlife Tours in Corolla, approximately Corolla away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, get in on the family fun at Full Throttle Speedway, sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, and visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nags Head trip builder tool.

You can drive from Wilmington to Nags Head in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Wilmington in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Nags Head, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 72°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

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.