9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Biltmore, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Asheville trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Los Angeles to Asheville is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Asheville. In September, Asheville is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 79°F and lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Zipline, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

1
night
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of The Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians at Bryson City, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bryson City trip planning site .

Getting from Asheville to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee
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1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then have some family-friendly fun at Battle House, then take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, and finally look for gifts at Old Books on Front Street.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Wilmington journey planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Bryson City to Wilmington in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryson City in September, Wilmington is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Fun & Games Shopping
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Battle House ©
Battle House
Room Escape Games
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

3
nights
Nags Head

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nags Head: Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum (in Rodanthe), Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (in Buxton) and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum (in Corolla). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, get your game on at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, and take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nags Head trip planner .

Getting from Wilmington to Nags Head by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. While traveling from Wilmington, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nags Head, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, Duck Town Boardwalk, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum
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Outer Banks Distilling ©
Outer Banks Distilling
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

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