8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: South Bend
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
New Bern
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Valle Crucis
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: South Bend

1
night
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.
To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nags Head day trip planning site .

South Bend to Nags Head is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from South Bend in September since evenings lows in Nags Head dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to New Bern.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial

1
night
New Bern

New Bern ©
New Bern is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. On the 30th (Mon), examine the collection at Foscue Plantation, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at New Berne Antiques and Collectibles, take in the exciting artwork at Fine Art at Baxters, then take in the exciting artwork at Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our New Bern trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nags Head to New Bern takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In September in New Bern, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Bryson City.

Things to do in New Bern

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Foscue Plantation
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Fine Art at Baxters ©
Fine Art at Baxters
Foscue Plantation ©
Foscue Plantation
New Berne Antiques and Collectibles ©

1
night
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Elizabeth Ellison Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Oaks Gallery at the Riverwood Shops, and finally shop like a local with It's By Nature.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bryson City day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from New Bern to Bryson City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. In September, Bryson City is little chillier than New Bern - with highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Oaks Gallery at the Riverwood Shops, It's By Nature
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River Rafting & Tubing
It's By Nature ©
It's By Nature
Elizabeth Ellison Gallery ©
Elizabeth Ellison Gallery

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Escape the urban bustle at DuPont State Recreational Forest and Blue Ridge Pkwy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Biltmore and St.Claire Art. And it doesn't end there: stop by New Morning Gallery, view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks, get a taste of the local shopping with Philip DeAngelo Studio, and take a stroll through Biltmore Village.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Asheville tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. October in Asheville sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Valle Crucis.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, DuPont State Recreational Forest
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
DuPont State Recreational Forest ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

1
night
Valle Crucis

Valle Crucis in an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Valle Crucis tour itinerary maker site .

Drive from Asheville to Valle Crucis in 2 hours. When traveling from Asheville in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Valle Crucis: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Valle Crucis

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Zipline, Grandfather Mountain
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Zipline
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain

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