8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Belleville
Fly + Drive:  12​h 45​min
1
Corolla
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  5​h 15​min
2
Ocracoke
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
End: Belleville

1
night
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 17th (Sat), examine the collection at Whalehead Club and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Historic Corolla Chapel.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Corolla trip itinerary planner.

Belleville to Corolla is an approximately 15.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Belleville to Corolla is 1 hour. In August in Corolla, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Corolla

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Whalehead Club ©
Whalehead Club
Historic Corolla Chapel ©
Historic Corolla Chapel

1
night
Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): contemplate the long history of British Cemetery, kick back and relax at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, then don't miss a visit to Fort Ocracoke Monument, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Springers Point.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ocracoke tour builder app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Corolla to Ocracoke takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. In August in Ocracoke, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Springers Point ©
Springers Point

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica Shrine of St. Mary, examine the collection at Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Cameron Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson State Historic Site, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then shop like a local with Franklin Square Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity United Methodist Church.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington journey planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Wilmington in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Wilmington are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Bryson City.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Southport, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Bryson City

Bryson City ©
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 21st (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum, examine the collection at Fly fishing Museum of The Southern Appalachians, then examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryson City day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Wilmington to Bryson City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Wilmington in August: high temperatures in Bryson City hover around 82°F and lows are around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Museums Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Mountain Farm Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum
Smoky Mountain Trains Museum ©
Smoky Mountain Trains Museum
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 22nd (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Cataloochee Valley, learn about winemaking at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, and then take a stroll through Asheville Drum Circle. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Caesars Head State Park, then learn about winemaking at Burntshirt Vineyards, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and finally view the masterpieces at Jonas Gerard Fine Art.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Asheville road trip website .

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Hendersonville, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Caesars Head State Park, Cataloochee Valley
Highlights from your plan
Cataloochee Valley ©
Cataloochee Valley
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards ©
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
New Morning Gallery ©
New Morning Gallery

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