8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Palm Springs
Fly + Drive:  8​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:  5​h
5
Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Palm Springs

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the exciting artwork at Elizabeth Ellison Gallery.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cherokee online itinerary planner .

Palm Springs to Cherokee is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. When traveling from Palm Springs in September, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Cherokee: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Bryson City
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River Rafting & Tubing
Elizabeth Ellison Gallery ©
Elizabeth Ellison Gallery

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum and then take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy. On the next day, get interesting insight from Tours and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Zipline, Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Zipline
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then get in on the family fun at Carowinds, and then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Kings.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip site .

Getting from Asheville to Charlotte by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Carowinds ©
Carowinds

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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 9th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, have some family-friendly fun at Battle House, then brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina, and finally look for gifts at Old Books on Front Street.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Wilmington vacation planner.

You can fly from Charlotte to Wilmington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Wilmington are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kill Devil Hills.

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

2
nights
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. On the 10th (Tue), explore the galleries of Wright Brothers National Memorial, then take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk, then visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and then take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kill Devil Hills trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Wilmington to Kill Devil Hills in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Kill Devil Hills are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nags Head, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, Duck Town Boardwalk
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