8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner

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Bryson City
— 1 day
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive
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Durham
— 1 night
Drive
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Wilmington
— 1 night
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Nags Head
— 2 nights
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Bryson City

— 1 day
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours, get engrossed in the history at Swain County Heritage Museum, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bryson City day trip planner.

New York City to Bryson City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Bryson City: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Fun & Games · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 25th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): learn the secrets of beer at BREW-ed and then admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Asheville trip planning app.

Getting from Bryson City to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. May in Asheville sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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 27th (Thu): see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then join the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and then get in on the family fun at Carowinds.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Charlotte road trip tool.

You can drive from Asheville to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. May in Charlotte sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Durham

— 1 night

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
On the 28th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, and finally stroll the grounds of Old Town Cemetery.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Durham online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Charlotte to Durham by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Durham sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Durham

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 1 night
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 29th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, and then take a stroll through Historic District.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Wilmington travel route planner.

You can drive from Durham to Wilmington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Neighborhoods

Nags Head

— 2 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
On the 30th (Sun), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then get interesting insight from Back Country Safari Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nags Head travel planning tool.

You can drive from Wilmington to Nags Head in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Wilmington in May, plan for little chillier days in Nags Head, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.