8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Fly
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Nags Head
— 1 night
Fly
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Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Drive
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Lake Lure
— 1 night
Drive
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Maggie Valley
— 2 nights
Fly

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Nags Head

— 1 night
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nags Head driving holiday planning app.

Detroit to Nags Head is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Detroit in July since evenings lows in Nags Head dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 2 nights

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 12th (Fri), examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then test your team's savvy at Escape Kings, and then get in on the family fun at Carowinds. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): have fun and explore at Discovery Place Science and then get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Charlotte attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Nags Head to Charlotte takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Blowing Rock

— 1 night
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain and then look for gifts at Mast General Store.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Blowing Rock sightseeing planner.

Drive from Charlotte to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Charlotte in July, expect Blowing Rock to be a bit cooler, temps between 78°F and 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Lure.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Lake Lure

— 1 night
Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): snap pictures at Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, explore the activities along Lake Lure, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lake Lure trip planner.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Lake Lure in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Blowing Rock in July, expect Lake Lure to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Maggie Valley.

Things to do in Lake Lure

Nature · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Maggie Valley

— 2 nights
Maggie Valley is a town in Haywood County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then contemplate the long history of Oconaluftee Indian Village. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's extreme beauty at The Strand at 38 Main and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Maggie Valley online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Lure to Maggie Valley takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Lake Lure in July, expect little chillier with lows of 62°F in Maggie Valley. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Maggie Valley

Outdoors · Fun & Games · Scenic Drive · Adventure

Side Trips

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.