7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marshall
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive
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Highlands
— 1 night
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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.
Bring the kids along to Jockey's Ridge State Park and Off-Road Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nags Head: Corolla (Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, Back Country Safari Tours, &more). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Outer Banks Kayak Adventures, take an unforgettable tour with Coastal Helicopters, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and take an in-depth tour of Wright Brothers National Memorial.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nags Head trip planner.

New York City to Nags Head is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marshall.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

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Marshall

Marshall is a town in Madison County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Carolina Bison Farm and then let the river carry you with French Broad Adventures.

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Drive from Nags Head to Marshall in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Nags Head in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Marshall, with lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Marshall

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

1
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Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get outside with Nantahala on the Fly, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bryson City trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Marshall to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Side Trip

1
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Highlands

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): kick your exploration up a notch at Highlands Aerial Park, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Highlands trip website.

Drive from Bryson City to Highlands in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

North Carolina travel guide

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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.