5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
train + bus + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
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 9th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Cherohala Skyway and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bryson City road trip app .

Washington DC to Bryson City is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of train, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bryson City, with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Mountain Farm Museum, Cherohala Skyway
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River Rafting & Tubing
Cherohala Skyway ©
Cherohala Skyway
Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Bellamy Mansion, then learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, then browse the exhibits of Fort Fisher State Historic Site, and finally stop by The Veggie Wagon.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Wilmington trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Bryson City to Wilmington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryson City in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in Wilmington. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Fort Fisher State Historic Site, The Veggie Wagon
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Bellamy Mansion ©
Bellamy Mansion
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
Fort Fisher State Historic Site ©
Fort Fisher State Historic Site

2
nights
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
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 12th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at The Monument to a Century of Flight, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then make a trip to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Avon Fishing Pier.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nags Head trip builder .

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Nags Head takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. When traveling from Wilmington in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nags Head: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Duck, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, The Monument to a Century of Flight, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Avon Fishing Pier
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Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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