8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 1 night
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Charlotte
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Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 4 nights
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Corolla

— 1 night
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, see Off-Road Tours, and then take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours. On your second day here, stroll through Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, then take a leisurely stroll along Duck Town Boardwalk, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally look for gifts at Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Corolla road trip tool.

New York City to Corolla is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Corolla

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Charlotte

— 1 night

The Queen City

A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
On the 3rd (Sat), explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Place Science, then find something for the whole family at Carowinds, and then stroll through Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Charlotte trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Corolla to Charlotte in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Charlotte

Childrens Museums · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Blowing Rock

— 1 night
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): stroll through Grandfather Mountain, then surround yourself with nature on High Mountain Expeditions, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Blowing Rock holiday planner.

Getting from Charlotte to Blowing Rock by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Charlotte in July: high temperatures in Blowing Rock hover around 78°F and lows are around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City), Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop (in Dillsboro). There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, learn about all things military at WNC Military History Museum, and stroll through Bearwallow Mountain.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Blowing Rock, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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History Museums · 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.