9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina travel route planner
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Nags Head
— 2 nights
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Wilmington
— 1 night
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Charlotte
— 1 night
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Bryson City
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Nags Head — 2 nights

Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Venture out of the city with trips to Frisco Beach (in Frisco), Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton) and Corolla (Off-Road Tours & Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and take an in-depth tour of Wright Brothers National Memorial.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nags Head tour itinerary planner.

Detroit to Nags Head is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Detroit in June since evenings lows in Nags Head dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 1 night

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 6th (Mon), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Front Street Brewery.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilmington road trip website.

You can drive from Nags Head to Wilmington in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Nags Head in June, expect nights in Wilmington to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly to Charlotte.
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Charlotte — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Carowinds and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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You can fly from Wilmington to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Charlotte are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Bryson City.
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Bryson City — 2 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 8th (Wed), examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can fly from Charlotte to Bryson City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in June; daily highs in Bryson City reach 81°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Asheville.
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Asheville — 2 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and then go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour. Here are some ideas for day two: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the exciting artwork at New Morning Gallery, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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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.
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