8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  4​h
1
Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cherokee
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + bus + train:  4​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kill Devil Hills online journey planner .

Washington DC to Kill Devil Hills is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kill Devil Hills, with lows of 61°F. On the 7th (Mon), you're off toAsheville.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nags Head, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Venture out of the city with trips to Falls Park on the Reedy (in Greenville), Bearwallow Mountain (in Hendersonville) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). Next up on the itinerary: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Kill Devil Hills to Asheville by combination of car and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Asheville when traveling from Kill Devil Hills in October, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Falls Park on the Reedy, Bearwallow Mountain
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Falls Park on the Reedy ©
Falls Park on the Reedy
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then relax in the rural setting at Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cherokee trip maker site .

You can drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Cherokee sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, River Rafting & Tubing, Dry Falls, Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese
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River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

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