16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

16 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Drive to Blowing Rock
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Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 2 nights
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 2 nights
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Charlotte
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Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly

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Blowing Rock — 2 nights

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zipline and Julian Price Memorial Park. Take a break from Blowing Rock with a short trip to Linville Falls in Linville Falls, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: laugh and play at Tweetsie Railroad, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and stroll around Grandfather Mountain State Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Blowing Rock holiday site.

Hannover, Germany to Blowing Rock is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Hannover to Blowing Rock, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. July in Blowing Rock sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Asheville.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips

Asheville — 5 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zipline and Blue Ridge Pkwy. Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: High Mountain Expeditions (in Boone), Sliding Rock (in Pisgah Forest) and Chimney Rock (Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine & Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park). There's lots more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Lexington Glassworks, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the exciting artwork at Woolworth Walk.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in July, expect nights in Asheville to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bryson City.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trips

Bryson City — 2 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): head outdoors with Carolina Outfitters and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, cruise along Cherohala Skyway.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bryson City trip planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. August in Bryson City sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Corolla.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Corolla — 2 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then get a tailor-made plan with Back Country Safari Tours. On your second day here, take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Corolla trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Bryson City to Corolla in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Corolla when traveling from Bryson City in August, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manteo.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Side Trip

Manteo, Roanoke Island — 2 nights

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. On the 9th (Tue), stroll around Jockey's Ridge State Park, then take an in-depth tour of Buffalo City Exhibit, and then get outside with Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, steep yourself in history at Island Farm, and then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Manteo online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Corolla to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Manteo can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Charlotte.
Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Nature
Side Trip

Charlotte — 2 nights

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 11th (Thu): examine the collection at Discovery Place Science, get in on the family fun at Carowinds, and then go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Charlotte online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Manteo to Charlotte takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. August in Charlotte sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Tours

North Carolina travel guide

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History Museums · 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.