8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Highlands
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Lake Lure
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Charlotte
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Manchester

1
day
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 11th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Highlands online trip maker .

Manchester, UK to Highlands is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Highlands is minus 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in August, with highs in Highlands at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Whiteside Mountain
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

1
night
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

Before you visit Bryson City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Highlands to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Bryson City sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lake Lure.

Things to do in Bryson City

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee
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River Rafting & Tubing
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee ©
Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee

1
night
Lake Lure

Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. On the 13th (Tue), snap pictures at Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, then explore the activities along Lake Lure, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lake Lure journey website .

You can drive from Bryson City to Lake Lure in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Lake Lure can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Lake Lure

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Zipline
Lake Lure ©
Lake Lure
Lake Lure Flowering Bridge ©
Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

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Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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.
On the 14th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Carowinds, then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, and then examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Charlotte trip app .

You can drive from Lake Lure to Charlotte in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. In August, daytime highs in Charlotte are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Carowinds ©
Carowinds
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

2
nights
Nags Head

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and then explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nags Head route app .

Do a combination of flight and car from Charlotte to Nags Head in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Charlotte in August, you will find days in Nags Head are little chillier (33°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Corolla, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Parasailing & Paragliding, Wright Brothers National Memorial
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Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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