8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive
4
Raleigh
— 1 night
Drive
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Corolla
— 1 night
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Tampa

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Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Food Tours and Justus Orchard. Venture out of the city with trips to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville online route planner.

Tampa to Asheville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tampa in September, things will get a bit cooler in Asheville: highs are around 79°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 2 nights

Trails of Legends and Adventures

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): head outdoors with Carolina Outfitters, get interesting insight from Tours, and then head outdoors with Nantahala on the Fly. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, and then take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cherokee trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In September in Cherokee, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 1 night

The Queen City

A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get curious at Discovery Place Science and then get in on the family fun at Carowinds.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Charlotte vacation maker tool.

Drive from Cherokee to Charlotte in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cherokee in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Charlotte, with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Charlotte

Childrens Museums · Museums · Theme Parks

Raleigh

— 1 night

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 7th (Tue), get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then engage your brain at Marbles Kids Museum, then stroll around Pullen Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Fletcher Park.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Raleigh travel route planner.

Getting from Charlotte to Raleigh by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Raleigh

Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Corolla

— 1 night
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Corolla road trip planning site.

Getting from Raleigh to Corolla by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.