8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip builder

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

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get in on the family fun at Richard Petty Driving Experience, then see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, and then find something for the whole family at Carowinds.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Charlotte trip itinerary builder website.

Oklahoma City to Charlotte is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. May in Charlotte sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks · Museums

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 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, then step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and then take a stroll through Historic District.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Wilmington trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Charlotte to Wilmington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours. On the next day, enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, stroll around Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Wright Brothers National Memorial.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nags Head travel route planning site.

Drive from Wilmington to Nags Head in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wilmington in May: highs in Nags Head hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 7th (Fri), explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Durham holiday planner.

Drive from Nags Head to Durham in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In May, daytime highs in Durham are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Durham

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 8th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum and then admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, then get a taste of the local shopping with Lexington Glassworks, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Asheville road trip app.

Drive from Durham to Asheville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Asheville when traveling from Durham in May, with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 1 night
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then 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, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bryson City trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Asheville to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Casinos · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

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.