19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Fontana Dam
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Fontana Dam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Raleigh
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Charlotte
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Fontana Dam

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Fontana Dam

Fontana Dam ©
Step out of the city life by going to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Walker Sisters' Cabin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fontana Dam: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Clingmans Dome, Rockefeller Memorial, & more).

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fontana Dam driving holiday planning website .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Fontana Dam. In August, daily temperatures in Fontana Dam can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Fontana Dam

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Fontana Dam & Visitors Center, Fontana Lake
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Fontana Lake ©
Fontana Lake
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Visiting Zipline and Blue Ridge Parkway will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum and Basilica of Saint Lawrence. Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Unique Gift Outlet (in Cherokee). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at DuPont State Recreational Forest, take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sliding Rock.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fontana Dam to Asheville takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sliding Rock, Zipline, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Slick Rock Country Emporium, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
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River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline
DuPont State Recreational Forest ©

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Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Bolick and Traditions Pottery, and then take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, admire all the interesting features of Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock route builder .

Drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in August, things will get little chillier in Blowing Rock: highs are around 76°F and lows about 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Boone, Grandfather Mountain
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Zipline
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
Fishing Charters & Tours

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Raleigh

Raleigh
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Marbles Kids Museum, then get curious at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally stroll around Pullen Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens and then examine the collection at Museum of Life + Science.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Raleigh trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Raleigh in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Blowing Rock in August: high temperatures in Raleigh hover around 88°F and lows are around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Durham
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Marbles Kids Museum ©
Marbles Kids Museum
Museum of Life + Science ©
Museum of Life + Science

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Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 12th (Mon), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Historic Corolla Chapel. On your second day here, visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, then contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Currituck Banks Reserve.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Corolla online route maker .

Drive from Raleigh to Corolla in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Corolla

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

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Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Battleship North Carolina and Going Local NC. Get outdoors at Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex. 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 still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, learn more about the world around you at Federal Point History Center, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Wilmington trip planner.

Drive from Corolla to Wilmington in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In August in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Surf City, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Federal Point History Center
Highlights from your plan

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Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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.
Bring the kids along to Escape Kings and ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center. Step out of the city life by going to The Lazy 5 Ranch and Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve. There's much more to do: engage your brain at Discovery Place Science, indulge your thirst for a good beer at NoDa Brewing Company, find something for the whole family at Carowinds, and examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip website .

You can fly from Wilmington to Charlotte in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Charlotte sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, The Lazy 5 Ranch
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Discovery Place Science ©
Discovery Place Science
Carowinds ©
Carowinds