5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina travel route maker

Make it your trip
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Bryson City
— 1 day
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Bus to Charlotte, Fly to Kill Devil Hills
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Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
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Bryson City

— 1 day
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then get engrossed in the history at Swain County Heritage Museum, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bryson City trip maker site.

Philadelphia to Bryson City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bryson City when traveling from Philadelphia in August, with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Adventure · Tours · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy and then sample some tasty brews at BREW-ed. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills

— 2 nights
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours, then see Off-Road Tours, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, stroll around Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then explore the galleries of Wright Brothers National Memorial.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kill Devil Hills road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Asheville to Kill Devil Hills in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Asheville in August since evenings lows in Kill Devil Hills dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · 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.