8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Raleigh
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Biltmore and then take a peaceful walk through DuPont State Recreational Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum and then take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville day trip site .

Dallas to Asheville is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Dallas in March, expect Asheville to be little chillier, temps between 58°F and 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

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

1
night
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then look for gifts at Bolick and Traditions Pottery, then identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Blowing Rock trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Asheville in March: highs in Blowing Rock hover around 50°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Grandfather Mountain, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Zipline
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Raleigh

Raleigh
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): engage your brain at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, look for all kinds of wild species at Fletcher Park, then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Umstead State Park.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Raleigh holiday maker website .

Getting from Blowing Rock to Raleigh by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Blowing Rock in March; daily highs in Raleigh reach 61°F and lows reach 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Wildlife Parks
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North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art
Umstead State Park ©
Umstead State Park

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Off-Road Tours and Jockey's Ridge State Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bodie Island Lighthouse and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nags Head: Corolla (Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education & Nature & Wildlife Tours). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at North Pond Trail and steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nags Head visit planning site .

Drive from Raleigh to Nags Head in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. While traveling from Raleigh, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nags Head, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Corolla, North Pond Trail, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Wright Brothers National Memorial
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Off-Road Tours
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial

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