8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly + Drive:  6​h
1
Kill Devil Hills
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Wilmington
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Asheville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Bryson City
— 1 night
+4
Drive + Fly + foot + bus + train:  6​h
End: Miami

few
hours
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kill Devil Hills road trip planning site .

Miami to Kill Devil Hills is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Miami in December, expect Kill Devil Hills to be colder, temps between 56°F and 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Mom's Sweet Shop ©
Mom's Sweet Shop

3
nights
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
Museum-lovers will get to explore Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC and Blue Pelican Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Kinnakeet Clay Studio & Showroom. When in Hatteras Island, make a side trip to see Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rodanthe, approximately 50 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hatteras Island sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from Kill Devil Hills to Hatteras Island takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras National Seashore ©
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©

1
day
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 17th (Tue), kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, then learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, and then stop by Cape Fear Spice Merchants.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip maker site .

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Wilmington in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Hatteras Island in December, Wilmington is little chillier at night with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
Highlights from your plan
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Cape Fear Spice Merchants ©
Cape Fear Spice Merchants
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

1
night
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Center for Craft, take in the exciting artwork at Woolworth Walk, then browse the exhibits of River Arts District, then get a taste of the local shopping with Biltmore Village, and finally view the masterpieces at New Morning Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with St.Claire Art, view the masterpieces at Philip DeAngelo Studio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, shop like a local with Lexington Glassworks, then view the masterpieces at Ariel Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Blue Spiral 1.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Asheville trip itinerary app .

Fly from Wilmington to Asheville in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Wilmington in December: high temperatures in Asheville hover around 54°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
New Morning Gallery ©
New Morning Gallery
Philip DeAngelo Studio ©
Philip DeAngelo Studio
Blue Spiral 1 ©
Blue Spiral 1

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 20th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Elizabeth Ellison Gallery, view the masterpieces at The Cottage Craftsman, then see the interesting displays at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, and finally try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryson City trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in December, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Casinos Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trip

Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee
Highlights from your plan
Elizabeth Ellison Gallery ©
Elizabeth Ellison Gallery
The Cottage Craftsman ©
The Cottage Craftsman
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

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