8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner

Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Bryson City
— 2 nights
Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive to Norfolk International Airport, Fly to Manchester



— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Step out of Asheville to go to Lake Lure and see Zipline, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Asheville road trip planning website.

Manchester, UK to Asheville is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Manchester in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Asheville: highs are around 34°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 2 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 21st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Oconaluftee Indian Village, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then head outdoors with Carolina Outfitters.

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You can drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In July in Bryson City, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Bryson City

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 1 night
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 23rd (Sat), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then get in on the family fun at Tweetsie Railroad.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Blowing Rock online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bryson City to Blowing Rock in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryson City in July, expect nights in Blowing Rock to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Theme Parks · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours


— 2 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then get a dose of the wild on Back Country Safari Tours.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Corolla trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Blowing Rock to Corolla takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Blowing Rock in July; daily highs in Corolla reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

North Carolina travel guide

History Museums · 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.