8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
End: Fort Lauderdale

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get outdoors at DuPont State Recreational Forest and Grandfather Mountain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Blowing Rock Brewery (in Blowing Rock) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company, admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Asheville holiday planner .

Fort Lauderdale to Asheville is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in August: high temperatures in Asheville hover around 82°F and lows are around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grandfather Mountain, Blowing Rock Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Zipline
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Zipline
DuPont State Recreational Forest ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

1
night
Cherokee

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 4th (Wed), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cherokee attractions planner .

You can drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Cherokee

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Elevated Mountain Distilling Co.
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River Rafting & Tubing
Elevated Mountain Distilling Co. ©
Elevated Mountain Distilling Co.

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 5th (Thu), take a stroll through Historic District, kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broomtail Craft Brewery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilmington online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Cherokee to Wilmington in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cherokee in September since evenings lows in Wilmington dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
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Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Broomtail Craft Brewery ©
Broomtail Craft Brewery
Historic District ©
Historic District

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 6th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and then stroll through Carova Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Currituck Beach and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Corolla trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Corolla takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carova Beach, Jockey's Ridge State Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach

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