9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville
+4
train + shuttle + taxi + Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Highlands
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Chimney Rock
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Mount Airy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Nags Head
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
End: Jacksonville

1
night
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 1st (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Bust Your Butt Falls.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Highlands road trip app .

Jacksonville to Highlands is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Jacksonville in June, expect Highlands to be a bit cooler, temps between 81°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow 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 3rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Bryson City itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Highlands to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. In June in Bryson City, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Chimney Rock.

Things to do in Bryson City

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee
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River Rafting & Tubing
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

1
night
Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock is a village in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, have some family-friendly fun at Chimney Rock Adventure Golf, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chimney Rock road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Chimney Rock takes 2 hours. In June in Chimney Rock, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mount Airy.

Things to do in Chimney Rock

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Zipline
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Zipline
Chimney Rock Adventure Golf ©
Chimney Rock Adventure Golf

1
night
Mount Airy

Mount Airy ©
Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Pilot Mountain State Park and then cruise along Blue Ridge Parkway.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mount Airy trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chimney Rock to Mount Airy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Mount Airy can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Mount Airy

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pilot Mountain State Park, Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Pilot Mountain State Park ©
Pilot Mountain State Park

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Carowinds, have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, and then examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun and explore at Discovery Place Science, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Muddy River Distillery, and then browse the collection at Billy Graham Library.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Charlotte travel route builder .

You can drive from Mount Airy to Charlotte in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. June in Charlotte sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Muddy River Distillery
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Carowinds ©
Carowinds
Discovery Place Science ©
Discovery Place Science

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nags Head route builder .

Getting from Charlotte to Nags Head by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. While traveling from Charlotte, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nags Head, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Parasailing & Paragliding, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

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