7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
Mount Airy
— 2 nights
Bryson City
— 1 night
— 1 night


Kill Devil Hills — 2 nights

Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Get out of town with these interesting Kill Devil Hills side-trips: Corolla (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, &more) and Elizabethan Gardens (in Manteo). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, walk around Jockey's Ridge State Park, sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling, and visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kill Devil Hills trip planning site.

Dallas to Kill Devil Hills is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Kill Devil Hills is 1 hour. When traveling from Dallas in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Kill Devil Hills, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to fly to Mount Airy.
Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trips

Mount Airy — 2 nights

Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. On the 18th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Pilot Mountain State Park, then make a trip to Mayberry Replica Courthouse, and then take a stroll through Downtown Mt. Airy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Andy Griffith Museum and then take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Parkway.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mount Airy driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Kill Devil Hills to Mount Airy takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kill Devil Hills in October since evenings lows in Mount Airy dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bryson City.
Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature
Side Trips

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 20th (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

Plan my trip to Bryson City with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Mount Airy to Bryson City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Traveling from Mount Airy in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Bryson City, with lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Highlands.
Museums · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors
Side Trip

Highlands — 1 night

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 21st (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, and then surround yourself with nature on Lake Glenville Scenic Waterfall Cruises.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Highlands online travel route planner.

Getting from Bryson City to Highlands by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October in Highlands, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
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.