8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Avon, Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Kill Devil Hills
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Wrightsville Beach
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cherokee
— 1 night
+3
Drive + Fly + bus + train:  5​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
Avon, Hatteras Island

Avon ©
Avon is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Dare County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Kinnakeet Clay Studio & Showroom.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Avon day trip tool .

Philadelphia to Avon is an approximately 7-hour flight. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Avon

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC, Blue Pelican Gallery, Frisco Beach, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

1
night
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, get a taste of the local shopping with The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally stroll around Jockey's Ridge State Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kill Devil Hills vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Avon to Kill Devil Hills in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wrightsville Beach.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nags Head
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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

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night
Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach ©
Wrightsville Beach is a town in New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States. On the 25th (Thu), look for gifts at Cape Fear Spice Merchants, learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, and then stroll through Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Wrightsville Beach journey tool .

Traveling by car from Kill Devil Hills to Wrightsville Beach takes 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Wrightsville Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Wilmington
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Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Cape Fear Spice Merchants ©
Cape Fear Spice Merchants
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

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nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
For shopping fun, head to New Morning Gallery or Cedar Hill Studio & Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Blue Ridge Parkway. Step out of Asheville with an excursion to Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum in Maggie Valley--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks, shop like a local with Woolworth Walk, wander the streets of Biltmore Village, and browse the exhibits of River Arts District.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville day trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wrightsville Beach to Asheville. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Wrightsville Beach in July; daily highs in Asheville reach 84°F and lows reach 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Cedar Hill Studio & Gallery, Zipline, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
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Zipline
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

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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.
On the 29th (Mon), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and then view the masterpieces at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cherokee road trip app .

You can drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing

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