9 days in North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina Coast & Fredericksburg Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina Coast & Fredericksburg Itinerary

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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
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Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Bring the kids along to Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Mingo Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like DuPont State Recreational Forest and Soco Falls. Take a break from Asheville with a short trip to Grandad's Apples in Hendersonville, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), take in the exciting artwork at Woolworth Walk, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lexington Glassworks.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Asheville journey planning website.

Houston to Asheville is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Houston in October, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Asheville: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Nature · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 1 night
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Blowing Rock trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Asheville in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Blowing Rock: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to fly to Wilmington.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Trails · Tours · Adventure

Wilmington

— 2 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 27th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex and then observe the fascinating underwater world at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Oak Island Beach and then wander the streets of Historic District.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilmington online vacation planner.

Getting from Blowing Rock to Wilmington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Blowing Rock in October, with highs in Wilmington at 77°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Fredericksburg

— 3 nights
Fredericksburg is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Eastern United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Stony Man Mountain Overlook and Hawksbill Mountain. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Old Town and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Zipline in Luray (about 1h 35 min away). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at National Museum of the Marine Corps, take an in-depth tour of The Rising Sun Tavern, and steep yourself in history at Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fredericksburg online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Wilmington to Fredericksburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Wilmington in October; daily highs in Fredericksburg reach 71°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Zipline · River Rafting & Tubing
Called the "Land of the Blue Mist" by the Cherokee Indians, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are one of the world's most biologically diverse wilderness areas. The vast national park sheltering the native wildlife of these ancient mountains offers a close look at the area's nature and its people. A perfect spot for a tranquil vacation, the blue-misted mountains are one of the country's few World Heritage Sites, protecting the largest old-growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Things to do for adventurous visitors include whitewater rafting and river tubing, while those interested in more urbane entertainment can explore the area's many small towns on the 750 km (470 mi) scenic road meandering over the mountains.

North Carolina Coast travel guide

4.6
Lighthouses · History Museums · Piers & Boardwalks
Plan a trip to North Carolina Coast to explore a lengthy stretch of barrier island beaches. While there, you'll have a chance to discover some 480 km (300 mi) of beaches, each offering a different vibe and a range of activities. As you holiday in North Carolina Coast, you'll also find many coastal towns, adding urban things to do to your itinerary. Things to do in North Carolina Coast range from wreck diving and working on that perfect tan, to dining at fine restaurants and exploring historical sites.