8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Bryson City
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Asheville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Mount Airy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Durham
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
7
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Detroit

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Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bryson City trip itinerary planning site .

Detroit to Bryson City is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In May, daytime highs in Bryson City are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing

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night
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Asheville route maker app .

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Beer Tastings & Tours
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

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night
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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 18th (Sat): examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, then sample the fine beverages at Muddy River Distillery, and finally get in on the family fun at Carowinds.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Charlotte trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Mount Airy.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Muddy River Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Carowinds ©
Carowinds
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

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night
Mount Airy

Mount Airy ©
Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): wander the streets of Downtown Mt. Airy, then see the interesting displays at The Andy Griffith Museum, and then cruise along Blue Ridge Parkway.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mount Airy sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Charlotte to Mount Airy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. May in Mount Airy sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Durham.

Things to do in Mount Airy

Outdoors Scenic Drive Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Blue Ridge Pkwy
Highlights from your plan
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The Andy Griffith Museum ©
The Andy Griffith Museum

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nights
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Conservators Center, explore and take pictures at Cameron Indoor Stadium, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pullen Park, get curious at Marbles Kids Museum, then learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally explore and take pictures at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Durham trip planner .

You can drive from Mount Airy to Durham in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Durham

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Raleigh, Conservators Center
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 22nd (Wed), learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, then take a stroll through Historic District, and finally don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

Discover how to plan a Wilmington trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Durham to Wilmington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Wilmington are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

1
night
Nags Head

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 23rd (Thu), enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nags Head trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Wilmington to Nags Head in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Wilmington in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nags Head: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wright Brothers National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial

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