8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Nags Head
— 2 nights
Fly to Charlotte, Bus to Asheville
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Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cherokee
— 1 night
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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.
To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nags Head day trip site.

Saint Louis to Nags Head is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Saint Louis in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nags Head, with lows around 60°F. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Step out of Asheville with an excursion to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park in Chimney Rock--about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Biltmore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, stop by Asheville Bee Charmer, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Nags Head to Asheville in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Asheville when traveling from Nags Head in October, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 1 night

Trails of Legends and Adventures

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 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cherokee trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In October in Cherokee, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

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.