9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  4​h
1
Kill Devil Hills
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Wilmington
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Cherokee
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, then take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kill Devil Hills trip site .

Washington DC to Kill Devil Hills is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kill Devil Hills, with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nags Head, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum
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Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 14th (Mon), stroll through Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex and then learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip website .

Traveling by car from Kill Devil Hills to Wilmington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
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Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Brasstown Bald Mountain and Clingmans Dome. Get in touch with nature at Dry Falls and Rockefeller Memorial. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cherokee: Anna Ruby Falls (in Helen) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cherokee road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Wilmington to Cherokee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Wilmington in October, with highs in Cherokee at 70°F and lows at 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Brasstown Bald, Dry Falls
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Step out of the city life by going to Roaring Fork and The North Carolina Arboretum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Ole Smoky Distillery - Barrelhouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Gatlinburg (Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Tennessee Homemade Wines, & more). There's more to do: cruise along Blue Ridge Parkway.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Asheville itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Pkwy
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The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

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