8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 1 night
Drive
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 1 night
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Blowing Rock
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 1 night
Fly

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Corolla — 1 night

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 9th (Sat), enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Corolla day trip tool.

Philadelphia to Corolla is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive; or do a combination of train and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manteo.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Side Trip

Manteo, Roanoke Island — 1 night

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Manteo holiday site.

You can drive from Corolla to Manteo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July in Manteo, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Blowing Rock.
Tours · Nature · Wildlife · 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 12th (Tue): stroll through Grandfather Mountain and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock trip itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Manteo to Blowing Rock in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Manteo in July, with highs in Blowing Rock at 78°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.
Tours · Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip

Asheville — 3 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Elijah Mountain Gem Mine (in Hendersonville), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Sliding Rock (in Pisgah Forest). There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Asheville trip builder site.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Blowing Rock, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Bryson City.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Bryson City — 1 night

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 16th (Sat), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then head outdoors with Nantahala on the Fly.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bryson City driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. In July in Bryson City, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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.