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

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 1st (Thu): stop by Bryson City Outdoors.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bryson City day trip planner.

New York City to Bryson City 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 Bryson City, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Carolina Outfitters
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River Rafting & Tubing
Bryson City Outdoors ©
Bryson City Outdoors

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 3rd (Sat), identify plant and animal life at DuPont State Recreational Forest, get your game on 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. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. In August in Asheville, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, then look for gifts at Mast General Store, then go deep underground at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock trip planner .

Drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Asheville in August: high temperatures in Blowing Rock hover around 76°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Boone, Grandfather Mountain, Mast General Store
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Zipline
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, test your team's savvy at Escape Kings, and then find something for the whole family at Carowinds.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Charlotte trip itinerary maker website .

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 a bit warmer, temps between 88°F and 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can 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

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.
On the 8th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, and finally explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nags Head tour itinerary planning site .

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 little chillier (83°F), and nights are about the same (72°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours Outdoors Parks

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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