8 days in North Carolina & Salt Lake City Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina & Salt Lake City Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charlotte
— 1 night
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 1 night
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Salt Lake City
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
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Cherokee

— 1 night

Trails of Legends and Adventures

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., walk around Oconaluftee Islands Park, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cherokee attractions website.

San Francisco to Cherokee is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Cherokee due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cherokee, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Casinos · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Biltmore, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then snap pictures at Lake Lure Flowering Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): go deep underground at Crystal Mountain Gem Mine and then explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Asheville trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Asheville are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 1 night

The Queen City

A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, then get in on the family fun at Carowinds, and then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings.

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Getting from Asheville to Charlotte by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Charlotte are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Corolla

— 1 night
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Do a combination of flight and car from Charlotte to Corolla in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Salt Lake City

— 2 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tracy Aviary, then shop like a local with Art at the Main Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Doughnut Falls, then explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, and then get to know the resident critters at Utah's Hogle Zoo.

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Do a combination of car and flight from Corolla to Salt Lake City in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Corolla in July, you will find days in Salt Lake City are a bit warmer (95°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Historic Sites

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.