8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cherokee
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Appleton

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, contemplate the long history of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, then look for gifts at Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar, and finally take in the exciting artwork at St.Claire Art.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Asheville trip itinerary site .

Appleton to Asheville is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Appleton in June: high temperatures in Asheville hover around 83°F and lows are around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Elijah Mountain Gem Mine
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Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village
Lexington Glassworks ©
Lexington Glassworks
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine ©
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

1
night
Cherokee

Cherokee ©
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 25th (Tue): examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oconaluftee Islands Park, then take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cherokee vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Smoky Mountain Trains Museum
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Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum
Smoky Mountain Trains Museum ©
Smoky Mountain Trains Museum
Oconaluftee Islands Park ©
Oconaluftee Islands Park

1
night
Nags Head

Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nags Head online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cherokee to Nags Head takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Cherokee in June, Nags Head is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Corolla, Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, Parasailing & Paragliding, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 28th (Fri), examine the collection at North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity United Methodist Church, then steep yourself in history at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, and finally admire the majestic nature at Carolina Beach State Park. On the next day, take a stroll through Downtown Wilmington, admire the striking features of Bellamy Mansion, and then get engrossed in the history at Cape Fear Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Wilmington tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Nags Head to Wilmington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Nags Head, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Wilmington, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Southport, Carolina Beach State Park, Fort Fisher State Historic Site
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Fort Fisher State Historic Site ©
Fort Fisher State Historic Site
Carolina Beach State Park ©
Carolina Beach State Park

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