8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly + Drive:  15​h 15​min
1
Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Rome

2
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. On the 8th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stop by Mast General Store.

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Rome, Italy to Blowing Rock is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Rome to Blowing Rock due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in August, things will get slightly colder in Blowing Rock: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Boone, Mast General Store, Grandfather Mountain
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Zipline
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 10th (Mon), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Pisgah Forest Gem Mine and then take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in August, expect nights in Asheville to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Zipline, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Pisgah Forest Gem Mine
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Zipline
Pisgah Forest Gem Mine ©
Pisgah Forest Gem Mine
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

1
night
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 12th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bryson City trip planner .

Getting from Asheville 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Bryson City

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Cherokee
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River Rafting & Tubing
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual ©
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Kings, and then get in on the family fun at Carowinds.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Charlotte driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Charlotte takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bryson City in August, with highs in Charlotte at 36°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

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

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