9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip builder

Make it your trip
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Highlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 1 day
Drive to Swan Quarter, NC, Ferry to Ocracoke
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Ocracoke
— 1 day
Ferry to Cedar Island, NC, Drive to Southport
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Southport
— 1 night
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Highlands

— 1 night
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 6th (Sat), stroll around Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Highlands holiday builder.

Oklahoma City to Highlands is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Oklahoma City in July: high temperatures in Highlands hover around 83°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Bryson City

— 1 night
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 8th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bryson City trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Highlands to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Bryson City are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Casinos

Side Trip

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 9th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum and then take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Bryson City to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. July in Asheville sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

Corolla

— 1 day
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Currituck Beach, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Corolla itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Asheville to Corolla takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Asheville in July, Corolla is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Ocracoke

— 1 day
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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Beach Fires, enjoy the sand and surf at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, and then steep yourself in history at British Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ocracoke online sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Corolla to Ocracoke in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Ocracoke can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Southport.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Southport

— 1 night
Southport is a city in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Holden Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oak Island Beach, and then look for gifts at Haag and Sons Seafood. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Carolina Beach, take in the waterfront at Southport Pier and RIverwalk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bald Head Island Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Southport road trip site.

Getting from Ocracoke to Southport by combination of ferry and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Southport

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

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.