9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Oklahoma City
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Highlands
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Asheville
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Corolla
— 1 day
Drive + ferry:  5​h 15​min
5
Ocracoke
— 1 day
ferry + Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Southport
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Oklahoma City

1
night
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Highlands tour planning tool .

Oklahoma City to Highlands is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Oklahoma City to Highlands is 1 hour. In July, Highlands is a bit cooler than Oklahoma City - with highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Whiteside Mountain
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

1
night
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bryson City road trip app .

Traveling by car from Highlands to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Bryson City can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Cherokee
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River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 9th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum and then take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Parkway. Here are some ideas for day two: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Asheville journey maker website .

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In July in Asheville, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Zipline, Blue Ridge Parkway
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Zipline
Blue Ridge Parkway ©
Blue Ridge Parkway
Food Tours

1
day
Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 11th (Thu), kick back and relax at Currituck Beach, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Corolla day trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and car from Asheville to Corolla in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Asheville in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 72°F in Corolla. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach
Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum ©

1
day
Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. On the 12th (Fri), stroll through Ocracoke Beach Fires, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, and then steep yourself in history at British Cemetery.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ocracoke route builder .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Corolla to Ocracoke takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Southport.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Ocracoke Beach Fires ©
Ocracoke Beach Fires
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery

1
night
Southport

Southport ©
Southport is a city in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. On the 13th (Sat), kick back and relax at Holden Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oak Island Beach, and then stop by Haag and Sons Seafood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): kick back and relax at Carolina Beach, take in the waterfront at Southport Pier and RIverwalk, and then stroll through Bald Head Island Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Southport trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Southport in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Southport can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Southport

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Oak Island, Holden Beach, Carolina Beach, Bald Head Island Beach
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Haag and Sons Seafood ©
Haag and Sons Seafood

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