6 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Nags Head
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 1 night
Bryson City
— 1 night


Nags Head — 2 nights

Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Get out of town with these interesting Nags Head side-trips: Corolla (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, &more) and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe). There's lots more to do: walk around Jockey's Ridge State Park, steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling.

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Dallas to Nags Head is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Dallas, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nags Head, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, then brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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Getting from Nags Head to Wilmington by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nags Head in May: highs in Wilmington hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can fly to Asheville.
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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 29th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

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Traveling by flight from Wilmington to Asheville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in May, expect Asheville to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bryson City.
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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 30th (Tue): try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, 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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Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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.