8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Boone
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h
3
Harkers Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Ocracoke
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  6 h
5
Corolla
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Chicago

1
night
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryson City trip itinerary site.

Chicago to Bryson City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, taxi, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bryson City when traveling from Chicago in July, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Boone.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Horseback Riding Tours, Carolina Outfitters
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Boone

Boone ©
Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, thenkick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, thentake in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, and then explore the striking landscape at Linville Gorge.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Boone trip simple and quick.

Drive from Bryson City to Boone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bryson City in July: highs in Boone hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Harkers Island.

Things to do in Boone

Nature Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Blowing Rock, Linville Gorge, Grandfather Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Julian Price Memorial Park ©
Julian Price Memorial Park
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine ©
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain

1
night
Harkers Island

Harkers Island ©
Harkers Island is a census-designated place (CDP) in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Lookout Lighthouse, look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Lookout National Seashore, and then step off the mainland to explore Shackleford Banks.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Harkers Island fast, fun, and easy.

Explore your travel options from Boone to Harkers Island with the Route module. In July, Harkers Island is somewhat warmer than Boone - with highs of 86°F and lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Harkers Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cape Lookout Lighthouse ©
Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Shackleford Banks ©
Shackleford Banks

1
night
Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. On the 17th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Springers Point, steep yourself in history at British Cemetery, and then kick back and relax at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Ocracoke fast, fun, and easy.

Drive from Harkers Island to Ocracoke in 3.5 hours. In July in Ocracoke, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Springers Point ©
Springers Point
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery

2
nights
Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Carova Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Currituck Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Currituck Banks Reserve.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Corolla online travel route planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Corolla in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and car. In July in Corolla, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education ©
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach

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