5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  4​h
1
Raleigh
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Mooresville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Newark

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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 11th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art and then get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Raleigh tour planning tool .

Newark to Raleigh is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Newark in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Raleigh: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Mooresville.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Childrens Museums
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North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art

1
night
Mooresville

Mooresville ©
Mooresville is a town in southern Iredell County, North Carolina, USA. On the 12th (Wed), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium, look for all kinds of wild species at The Lazy 5 Ranch, and then bet on your favorite at The Pit Indoor Kart Racing.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mooresville trip planner .

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Mooresville takes 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Mooresville can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in Mooresville

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

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SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
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SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium ©
The Pit Indoor Kart Racing ©
The Pit Indoor Kart Racing

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome, and finally contemplate the long history of Oconaluftee Indian Village. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, then examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cherokee travel planner .

You can drive from Mooresville to Cherokee in 3 hours. Traveling from Mooresville in June, plan for little chillier nights in Cherokee, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Dry Falls
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Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls

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night
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): sample the tasty concoctions at Nantahala Brewing Company, then examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians at Bryson City.

Before you visit Bryson City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Bryson City is just a short distance from Cherokee. In June in Bryson City, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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