12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

12 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Start: Austin
Fly + Drive:  8 h
1
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Highlands
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h
End: Austin

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then get interesting insight from Tours, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, then stop by Life On A Sandbar, and finally explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nags Head tour itinerary builder app.

Austin to Nags Head is an approximately 8- hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Austin to Nags Head due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Austin, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nags Head, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, Corolla, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Off-Road Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge 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.
On the 19th (Tue), get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library, find something for the whole family at Carowinds, and then explore the engaging exhibits at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Escape Kings, then examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, and then identify plant and animal life at The Lazy 5 Ranch.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Charlotte trip builder website.

Getting from Nags Head to Charlotte by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trip

The Lazy 5 Ranch
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Carowinds ©
Carowinds
The Lazy 5 Ranch ©
The Lazy 5 Ranch

2
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. On the 21st (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain, then explore the striking landscape of Vx3 Trail Rides, and then whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks. On your second day here, explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Blowing Rock day trip planning website.

Getting from Charlotte to Blowing Rock by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Charlotte in May, things will get a bit cooler in Blowing Rock: highs are around 69°F and lows about 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Grandfather Mountain, River Rafting & Tubing
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Zipline
Vx3 Trail Rides ©
Vx3 Trail Rides
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 23rd (Sat), learn about winemaking at Biltmore, then take in the exciting artwork at Colin's Creatures, and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, and then take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Asheville road trip site.

Drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in May, expect nights in Asheville to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trips

Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Zipline
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Zipline
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

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 25th (Mon): stop by Unique Gift Outlet, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bryson City tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Asheville to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Bryson City are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Highlands.

Things to do in Bryson City

Casinos Fun & Games Tours

Side Trip

Cherokee
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River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Unique Gift Outlet ©
Unique Gift Outlet

2
nights
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, then admire the sheer force of Bust Your Butt Falls, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Gorges State Park, admire the sheer force of Whitewater Falls, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Highlands trip planner.

Drive from Bryson City to Highlands in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sapphire, Whiteside Mountain
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

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