8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Toledo
Fly:  6​h
1
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Highlands
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Atlantic Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
5
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Toledo

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, then take in panoramic vistas at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville trip maker site .

Toledo to Asheville is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Zipline, Pisgah National Forest
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Zipline
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park ©
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest

1
night
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bryson City trip builder tool .

Drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In July in Bryson City, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Bryson City

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 3rd (Wed), 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.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Highlands trip tool .

You can drive from Bryson City to Highlands in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Highlands can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Atlantic Beach.

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
day
Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach ©
Atlantic Beach is a town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Atlantic Beach trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Highlands to Atlantic Beach in 8 hours. Another option is to fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Highlands in July since evenings lows in Atlantic Beach dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Atlantic Beach

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
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Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally get your game on at Life on a Sandbar. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

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You can drive from Atlantic Beach to Nags Head in 3.5 hours. July in Nags Head sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Corolla, Parasailing & Paragliding, Wright Brothers National Memorial
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Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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