8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner

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Fly
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Highlands
— 1 day
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Greensboro
— 1 night
Drive
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Raleigh
— 3 nights
Drive
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Corolla
— 1 night
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Newark

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Highlands

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 20th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain and then whizz through the canopy at Highlands Aerial Park.

Make your Highlands itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

New York City to Highlands is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from New York City in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 32°F in Highlands. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Highlands

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

2
nights
Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 21st (Sat), take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): get a dose of the wild on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then shop like a local with Lexington Glassworks.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville day trip tool.

You can drive from Highlands to Asheville in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in November, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Greensboro.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Greensboro

Greensboro is a city in the U.S. On the 23rd (Mon), get curious at Greensboro Science Center, see the interesting displays at International Civil Rights Center & Museum, then get thoroughly spooked out with Carolina History & Haunts, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at Kersey Valley Zip Line.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Greensboro trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Greensboro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in November, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Greensboro

Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

3
nights
Raleigh

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Neuse River Trail and Pullen Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Raleigh: Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville) and Durham (Sarah P. Duke Gardens & Museum of Life + Science). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park, admire the masterpieces at Gregg Museum of Art & Design, and engage your brain at Marbles Kids Museum.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Raleigh trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Greensboro to Raleigh in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

1
night
Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stroll through Currituck Banks Reserve, see Off-Road Tours, and then take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Corolla holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Corolla takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In November, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.