9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Highlands
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Charlotte
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: New York City

1
night
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Silver Run Falls.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Highlands tour itinerary builder website .

New York City to Highlands is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from New York City in August, plan for little chillier nights in Highlands, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Whiteside Mountain, Silver Run Falls
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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 18th (Sun): try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Nantahala Brewing Company.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bryson City online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Highlands to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Bryson City are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee
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River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at DuPont State Recreational Forest, have some family-friendly fun at Pisgah Forest Gem Mine & Gifts, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Asheville day trip planning app .

You can drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pisgah Forest Gem Mine & Gifts, Zipline, Blue Ridge Pkwy, DuPont State Recreational Forest
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Zipline
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
DuPont State Recreational Forest ©
DuPont State Recreational Forest

1
night
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grandfather Mountain.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock day trip app .

Getting from Asheville to Blowing Rock by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in August, expect Blowing Rock to be slightly colder, temps between 76°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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night
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 22nd (Thu), see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then test your team's savvy at Escape Kings, and then find something for the whole family at Carowinds.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip planning website .

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Charlotte in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Blowing Rock in August; daily highs in Charlotte reach 88°F and lows reach 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Carowinds ©
Carowinds
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

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nights
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 23rd (Fri): browse the exhibits of Wright Brothers National Memorial, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Nags Head journey app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Charlotte to Nags Head in 4.5 hours. Other options are to 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). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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