8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Miami
+4
train + bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  6​h
1
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h
3
Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Raleigh
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Miami

1
night
Bryson City

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 13th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at The Cottage Craftsman and then get a taste of the local shopping with Elizabeth Ellison Gallery.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bryson City vacation maker site .

Miami to Bryson City is an approximately 6-hour combination of train, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Miami in December, with highs in Bryson City at 54°F and lows at 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Biltmore Village and Thomas Wolfe Memorial. New Morning Gallery and St.Claire Art will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Philip DeAngelo Studio, shop like a local with Bender Gallery, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Asheville journey planning site .

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. December in Asheville sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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New Morning Gallery ©
New Morning Gallery
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum
Blue Spiral 1 ©
Blue Spiral 1

1
night
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
On the 18th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Blue Pelican Gallery.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hatteras Island trip planner .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Hatteras Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Asheville in December, expect Hatteras Island to be somewhat warmer, temps between 60°F and 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

1
night
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): engage your brain at Marbles Kids Museum, learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally wander the streets of North Hills.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Raleigh sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Hatteras Island to Raleigh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Hatteras Island in December since evenings lows in Raleigh dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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Marbles Kids Museum ©
Marbles Kids Museum
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art

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