9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Raleigh
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
Fly

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Corolla

— 2 nights
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Family-friendly places like Off-Road Tours and Back Country Safari Tours will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Corolla to Carova to see Carova Beach about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, stop by Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts, and get active on the water at Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Corolla trip planner.

Phoenix to Corolla is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in September: high temperatures in Corolla hover around 84°F and lows are around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Raleigh

— 1 night

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, get curious at Marbles Kids Museum, then walk around Pullen Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Fletcher Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Raleigh journey planner.

Getting from Corolla to Raleigh by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In October in Raleigh, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Raleigh

Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kids will enjoy Food Tours and The North Carolina Arboretum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Justus Orchard (in Hendersonville) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Asheville online tour planner.

You can drive from Raleigh to Asheville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Raleigh in October since evenings lows in Asheville dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 2 nights

Trails of Legends and Adventures

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 6th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at J. W. Mitchell Farms, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Waterrock Knob.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cherokee road trip app.

You can drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Cherokee can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · 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.