8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Kansas City

1
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 13th (Sun): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, have some family-friendly fun at Battle House, then learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, and finally stop by Old Books on Front Street.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington online trip builder .

Kansas City to Wilmington is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Wilmington due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kansas City in October: high temperatures in Wilmington hover around 77°F and lows are around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games Shopping
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Battle House ©
Battle House
Room Escape Games
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 14th (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial.

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

You can drive from Wilmington to Nags Head in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. When traveling from Wilmington in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Nags Head, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Wright Brothers National Memorial
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Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Bearwallow Mountain (in Hendersonville). There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Asheville trip maker .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Nags Head to Asheville in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Nags Head in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Asheville, with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Zipline, Bearwallow Mountain
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Zipline
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Room Escape Games

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.
On the 18th (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax in the rural setting at Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Dry Falls and then see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cherokee trip itinerary app .

Getting from Asheville to Cherokee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Cherokee are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

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

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