9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Lake Lure
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Wrightsville Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
5
Ocracoke
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Houston

1
night
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 6th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at The Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians at Bryson City.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bryson City road trip planner.

Houston to Bryson City is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in July, things will get slightly colder in Bryson City: highs are around 83°F and lows about 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin ©
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin
Walker Sisters' Cabin ©
Walker Sisters' Cabin

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 8th (Mon), examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Grovewood Village and then take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Parkway.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Asheville trip planner .

Drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Asheville are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Lure.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Blue Ridge Parkway
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Blue Ridge Parkway ©
Blue Ridge Parkway
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

1
night
Lake Lure

Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): cool off at Lake Lure Beach and Water Park, examine the collection at The Right Track Toy Train Museum, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lake Lure holiday app .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Lake Lure takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Lake Lure can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Wrightsville Beach.

Things to do in Lake Lure

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
The Right Track Toy Train Museum ©
The Right Track Toy Train Museum

1
day
Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach ©
Wrightsville Beach is a town in New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Wrightsville Beach tour itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Lake Lure to Wrightsville Beach with the Route module. Traveling from Lake Lure in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 74°F in Wrightsville Beach. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Wrightsville Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Wilmington
Highlights from your plan
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Room Escape Games
Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetery, visit a coastal fixture at Ocracoke Lighthouse, then take some stellar pictures from Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, and finally stroll through Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ocracoke online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Wrightsville Beach to Ocracoke takes 5.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ocracoke are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery
Ocracoke Lighthouse ©
Ocracoke Lighthouse

2
nights
Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills ©
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Wright Brothers National Memorial, shop like a local with The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Currituck Beach and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kill Devil Hills trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Ocracoke to Kill Devil Hills in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Corolla, Nags Head
Highlights from your plan
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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