9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Cherokee
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Hatteras Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Newark

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Cherokee

Cherokee ©
The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Oconaluftee Islands Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at Soco Falls.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cherokee trip itinerary planner.

Newark to Cherokee is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Newark in August, plan for little chillier nights in Cherokee, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Soco Falls
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Soco Falls ©
Soco Falls
Oconaluftee Islands Park ©
Oconaluftee Islands Park

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nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 25th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, steep yourself in history at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, and then learn about winemaking at Burntshirt Vineyards. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Grovewood Village, then stroll through Craggy Gardens, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Western North Carolina Nature Center.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville day trip app .

Getting from Cherokee to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Asheville are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hendersonville, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
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Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine ©
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

1
night
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock ©
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, admire all the interesting features of Doc's Rocks Gem Mine, then admire all the interesting features of Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, and finally look for gifts at Mast General Store.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock route planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Blowing Rock is a bit cooler than Asheville - with highs of 76°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Mast General Store, Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine ©
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
Doc's Rocks Gem Mine ©
Doc's Rocks Gem Mine
Julian Price Memorial Park ©
Julian Price Memorial Park

1
night
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, then take a leisurely stroll along Avon Fishing Pier, then look for gifts at Scotch Bonnet, and finally stroll through Frisco Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hatteras Island trip maker tool .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Blowing Rock to Hatteras Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Blowing Rock in August, with highs in Hatteras Island at 86°F and lows at 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manteo.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras National Seashore ©
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Avon Fishing Pier ©
Avon Fishing Pier
Frisco Beach ©
Frisco Beach

1
night
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then stroll through Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Manteo trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Hatteras Island to Manteo takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Manteo can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Nags Head, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 31st (Sat), contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Currituck Banks Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Currituck Beach, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Corolla road trip planning app .

Getting from Manteo to Corolla by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Corolla are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Whalehead Club ©
Whalehead Club

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