8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Highlands
— 1 night
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Cherokee
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Raleigh
— 1 night
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Corolla
— 1 night
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Drive to Norfolk International Airport, Fly to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Drive to Thomaston

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Highlands

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 1st (Tue), whizz through the canopy at Highlands Aerial Park, then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Highlands trip planning app.

Thomaston to Highlands is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Thomaston in September, things will get slightly colder in Highlands: highs are around 79°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

1
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Cherokee

Trails of Legends and Adventures

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet, then examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and finally try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cherokee journey planner.

You can drive from Highlands to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Cherokee are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Adventure · Casinos · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
When in Asheville, make a side trip to see French Broad Adventures in Marshall, approximately Marshall away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Biltmore, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, take in the exciting artwork at St.Claire Art, and admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum.

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Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Asheville are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums

Side Trips

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Raleigh

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll around Pullen Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Umstead State Park, then identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park, and finally take a stroll through Historic Oakwood.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Raleigh trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Raleigh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 7th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Currituck Beach, see Off-Road Tours, and then take a memorable tour with Back Country Safari Tours.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Corolla day trip website.

Drive from Raleigh to Corolla in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. September in Corolla sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

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.