8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina tour planner
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Kill Devil Hills
— 1 night
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 1 night
Fly
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Wilmington
— 1 night
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Kill Devil Hills — 1 night

Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. On the 8th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, see Off-Road Tours, and then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kill Devil Hills trip itinerary website.

Norfolk to Kill Devil Hills is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Kill Devil Hills, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Blowing Rock.
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Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
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 10th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Blowing Rock trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Kill Devil Hills to Blowing Rock takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kill Devil Hills in July; daily highs in Blowing Rock reach 78°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Asheville.
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Parks · Tours · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip

Asheville — 3 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm (in Hendersonville), Zipline (in Lake Lure) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). And it doesn't end there: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Western North Carolina Nature Center, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Blowing Rock in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Asheville, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bryson City.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Bryson City — 1 night

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 14th (Thu), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bryson City online holiday planner.

Getting from Asheville to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Bryson City can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to fly to Wilmington.
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Tours · Casinos · Adventure · Outdoors
Side Trip

Wilmington — 1 night

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Front Street Brewery.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Wilmington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bryson City to Wilmington takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryson City in July; daily highs in Wilmington reach 89°F and lows reach 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.
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Fun & Games · Breweries & Distilleries

North Carolina travel guide

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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.
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