8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina route planner

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

— 1 day
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Riverwalk and then take a tour of Battleship North Carolina.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Wilmington visit planner.

Tampa to Wilmington is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, Wilmington is slightly colder than Tampa - with highs of 81°F and lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nags Head.

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 23rd (Sun): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then see Off-Road Tours, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours. On your second day here, enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nags Head road trip tool.

Drive from Wilmington to Nags Head in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Wilmington in May: highs in Nags Head hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, and finally stroll the grounds of Old Town Cemetery.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Durham trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nags Head to Durham takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Durham

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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.
On the 26th (Wed), see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, join the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and then get in on the family fun at Carowinds.

Start your trip to Charlotte by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Durham to Charlotte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Bryson City.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Bryson City

— 1 night
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryson City day trip tool.

Getting from Charlotte to Bryson City by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in May; daily highs in Bryson City reach 75°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Outdoors

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 28th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum and then take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Asheville tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In May in Asheville, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

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.