9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
End: Tampa

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Attractions like Zipline and River Rafting & Tubing make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley) and Bearwallow Mountain (in Hendersonville). There's much more to do: cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Asheville trip itinerary planner .

Tampa to Asheville is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. In August, Asheville is a bit cooler than Tampa - with highs of 82°F and lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Zipline, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Bearwallow Mountain
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River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

1
night
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Blowing Rock holiday planning app .

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Asheville in August; daily highs in Blowing Rock reach 76°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Grandfather Mountain
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River Rafting & Tubing
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain

2
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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.
On the 9th (Fri), see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, get your game on at Escape Kings, and then get in on the family fun at Carowinds. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Discovery Place Science, browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Charlotte road trip app .

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Charlotte takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in August, expect Charlotte to be somewhat warmer, temps between 88°F and 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Carowinds ©
Carowinds
Discovery Place Science ©
Discovery Place Science

2
nights
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 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, then have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, and then immerse yourself in nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nags Head trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Charlotte to Nags Head in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Charlotte in August, you will find days in Nags Head are a bit cooler (83°F), and nights are about the same (72°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, Parasailing & Paragliding, Nature & Wildlife Tours, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

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