9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Tulsa
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Highlands
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Tulsa

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nags Head travel route planner .

Tulsa to Nags Head is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. Traveling from Tulsa to Nags Head, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Tulsa in October since evenings lows in Nags Head dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Wright Brothers National Memorial
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Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. Get in touch with nature at The North Carolina Arboretum and Falls Park on the Reedy. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Asheville day trip website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Nags Head to Asheville in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Nags Head in October, plan for little chillier nights in Asheville, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Falls Park on the Reedy
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

2
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
On the 10th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Little Greenbrier School, appreciate the views at Cades Cove, and then hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, hike along Fighting Creek Trail, and then take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. October in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Highlands.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

2
nights
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 12th (Sat), trek along Hemlock Falls Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Tallulah Gorge State Park, and then take in the awesome beauty at King Creek Falls. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain and then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Highlands trip simple and quick.

Explore your travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Highlands with the Route module. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in October, Highlands is a bit cooler at night with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Tallulah Gorge State Park, Whiteside Mountain, Hemlock Falls Trail, King Creek Falls
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Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Tallulah Gorge State Park
Tallulah Gorge State Park

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