5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Nags Head
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Bryson City
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Nags Head — 1 night

Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
On the 8th (Mon), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then explore the galleries of Wright Brothers National Memorial.

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Cleveland to Nags Head is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In May, Nags Head is somewhat warmer than Cleveland - with highs of 75°F and lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 1 night

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 10th (Wed), make a trip to Riverwalk, learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by car from Nags Head to Wilmington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Nags Head in May, expect nights in Wilmington to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Asheville.
Museums · Fun & Games

Asheville — 1 night

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 11th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks, admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

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You can fly from Wilmington to Asheville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, Asheville is slightly colder than Wilmington - with highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.
Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks · Nature

Bryson City — 1 night

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mountain Layers Brewing Company.

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Drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Bryson City are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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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.