8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Charlotte
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Springfield

1
night
Cherokee

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cherokee online trip maker .

Springfield to Cherokee is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Cherokee. Expect little chillier evenings in Cherokee when traveling from Springfield in October, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Adventure Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dry Falls, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum and then take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Biltmore and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Asheville tour planner .

Getting from Cherokee to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Asheville sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Scenic Drive Wineries

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Zipline
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

1
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.
On the 28th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Carowinds, browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, and then examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Charlotte road trip app .

Drive from Asheville to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. October in Charlotte sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks Museums
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Carowinds ©
Carowinds
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

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night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get your game on at Battle House, and then step aboard Battleship North Carolina.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Wilmington route planner.

You can fly from Charlotte to Wilmington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Charlotte in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Wilmington, with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games
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Battle House ©
Battle House
Room Escape Games
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, then see Off-Road Tours, and then explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and then sample the fine beverages at Outer Banks Distilling.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nags Head attractions site .

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Nags Head takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Wilmington in October, you will find days in Nags Head are little chillier (72°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Outer Banks Distilling, Off-Road Tours
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Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Off-Road Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

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