6 days in North Carolina Mountains & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

6 days in North Carolina Mountains & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina travel route maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Highlands
— 1 day
Drive
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Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Newark

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Highlands

— 1 day
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 2nd (Wed), take a memorable tour with Highlands Aerial Park, admire the sheer force of Bust Your Butt Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Highlands road trip planning tool.

New York City to Highlands is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Highlands when traveling from New York City in September, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bryson City

— 1 night
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get outside with Tsali Recreation Area.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Bryson City travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Highlands to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Bryson City are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Museums

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 4th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy and then whizz through the canopy at French Broad Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Asheville trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. September in Asheville sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trip

Corolla

— 2 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): trek along Currituck Banks Reserve, take a memorable tour with Corolla Adventure Park, and then find your balance on the water with Coastal Explorations.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Corolla online tour itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and car from Asheville to Corolla in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Asheville in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Corolla, with lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

4.5
Historic Sites · Zipline · River Rafting & Tubing
Called the "Land of the Blue Mist" by the Cherokee Indians, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are one of the world's most biologically diverse wilderness areas. The vast national park sheltering the native wildlife of these ancient mountains offers a close look at the area's nature and its people. A perfect spot for a tranquil vacation, the blue-misted mountains are one of the country's few World Heritage Sites, protecting the largest old-growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Things to do for adventurous visitors include whitewater rafting and river tubing, while those interested in more urbane entertainment can explore the area's many small towns on the 750 km (470 mi) scenic road meandering over the mountains.

North Carolina Coast travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Lighthouses · Piers & Boardwalks
Plan a trip to North Carolina Coast to explore a lengthy stretch of barrier island beaches. While there, you'll have a chance to discover some 480 km (300 mi) of beaches, each offering a different vibe and a range of activities. As you holiday in North Carolina Coast, you'll also find many coastal towns, adding urban things to do to your itinerary. Things to do in North Carolina Coast range from wreck diving and working on that perfect tan, to dining at fine restaurants and exploring historical sites.