8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Billy Bishop Toronto City, Ferry to Toronto


Blowing Rock — 1 night

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch some excitement at Tweetsie Railroad, then take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Calloway Peak Hike.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock road trip app.

Toronto, Canada to Blowing Rock is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. July in Blowing Rock sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Asheville.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Side Trip

Asheville — 3 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Family-friendly places like Zipline and Food Tours will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm (in Hendersonville) and Sliding Rock (in Pisgah Forest). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, tour the pleasant surroundings at Western North Carolina Nature Center, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville online trip builder.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in July, expect nights in Asheville to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Wilmington.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips

Wilmington — 1 night

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Asheville to Wilmington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Wilmington, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Corolla.
Fun & Games · Spas

Corolla — 2 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Corolla trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Corolla takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In July in Corolla, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
Side Trip

North Carolina travel guide

History Museums · 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.