8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Trip Planner

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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Jackson County
— 3 nights
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Mount Airy
— 1 night
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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Take a break from the city and head to Pisgah National Forest and Mount Mitchell State Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grovewood Village and Highland Brewing Company. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Thomas Wolfe Memorial, take in nature's colorful creations at Craggy Gardens, and stop by Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Asheville online holiday planner.

Raleigh to Asheville is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Jackson County.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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Jackson County

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the sheer force of Whitewater Falls and then take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Pincu Pottery, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll through Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Jackson County trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Jackson County takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mount Airy.

Things to do in Jackson County

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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Mount Airy

Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Floyd's City Barbershop, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pilot Mountain State Park, and then get all the information you need at The Mount Airy Visitors Center.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mount Airy travel route builder app.

Getting from Jackson County to Mount Airy by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in January, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Mount Airy

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.