8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Drive
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Charlotte
— 1 day
Fly
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Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive
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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

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.
On the 29th (Sat), examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then bet on your favorite at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and then get in on the family fun at Carowinds.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip planner.

Greenville to Charlotte is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

1
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Wilmington

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 30th (Sun), take a stroll through Historic District, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and then don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Wilmington driving holiday planner.

Fly from Charlotte to Wilmington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Neighborhoods

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Nags Head

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 31st (Mon), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then see Off-Road Tours, and then get interesting insight from Back Country Safari Tours. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, then explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Wright Brothers National Memorial.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nags Head travel route planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Durham.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

1
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Durham

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, and finally stroll the grounds of Old Town Cemetery.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Durham tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Nags Head to Durham takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. When traveling from Nags Head in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durham: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Durham

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

2
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Asheville

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 3rd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

Plan trip to Asheville with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Durham to Asheville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Durham in June, expect nights in Asheville to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are little chillier, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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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 5th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Bryson City planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Museums · Casinos · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

North Carolina travel guide

4.3
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.

North Carolina Coast travel guide

4.7
Historic Sites · Lighthouses · Piers & Boardwalks
Plan a trip to North Carolina Coast to explore a lengthy stretch of barrier island beaches. While there, you'll have a chance to discover some 480 km (300 mi) of beaches, each offering a different vibe and a range of activities. As you holiday in North Carolina Coast, you'll also find many coastal towns, adding urban things to do to your itinerary. Things to do in North Carolina Coast range from wreck diving and working on that perfect tan, to dining at fine restaurants and exploring historical sites.