8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Raleigh
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Bryson City
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Chicago

1
night
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Nags Head is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. On the 11th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, get your game on at Life on a Sandbar, and then explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nags Head route builder site .

Chicago to Nags Head is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Nags Head due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Nags Head can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Nags Head

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Island Farm, Wright Brothers National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

1
night
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 13th (Mon), get a sense of history and politics at North Carolina State Capitol, engage your brain at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then have fun and explore at Marbles Kids Museum, and finally stroll through Pullen Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Raleigh trip planning tool .

You can drive from Nags Head to Raleigh in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Raleigh

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Marbles Kids Museum ©
Marbles Kids Museum
Pullen Park ©
Pullen Park

1
night
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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 14th (Tue): see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, browse the collection at Billy Graham Libary, and then find something for the whole family at Carowinds.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Charlotte trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Raleigh to Charlotte by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Charlotte can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

#Theme Parks, #Museums
Highlights from your plan
Carowinds ©
Carowinds
Billy Graham Libary ©
Billy Graham Libary
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 15th (Wed), browse the exhibits of Biltmore Estate, then stop by Asheville Bee Charmer, then take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum and then take a memorable drive along Blueridge Parkway.

Plan my day in Asheville using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Charlotte to Asheville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in August; daily highs in Asheville reach 82°F and lows reach 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Tours

Side Trip

Blueridge Parkway
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore Estate ©
Biltmore Estate
Food Tours
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

2
nights
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 17th (Fri): try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then look for gifts at Bearmeats Indian Den, and finally examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bryson City trip planner .

Getting from Asheville 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

#Tours, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cherokee, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee ©
Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee

Similar Plans

9 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 10 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 14 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in Belvidere & North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM CANADA August, teens, culture, outdoors, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, culture, outdoors, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 25 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans