15 days in North Carolina Mountains & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Mountains & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
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Bryson City
— 3 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
4
Wilmington
— 3 nights
5
Nags Head
— 4 nights

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Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Rough Ridge Lookout.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Blowing Rock road trip tool.

Newark to Blowing Rock is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Newark in August; daily highs in Blowing Rock reach 76°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Linville
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Zipline
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain

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Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Carolina Outfitters will thrill your kids. Explore Bryson City's surroundings by going to Highlands (Bridal Veil Falls & Dry Falls) and Santeetlah Lake (in Robbinsville). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, look for gifts at Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop, admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, and try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Bryson City trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Bryson City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Blowing Rock in August, expect nights in Bryson City to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cherokee, Highlands, Carolina Outfitters, Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop, Santeetlah Lake
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River Rafting & Tubing
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

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Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zipline and Blue Ridge Pkwy. Venture out of the city with trips to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Hendersonville (Slick Rock Country Emporium, Bearwallow Mountain, &more) and DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum and take in the dramatic natural features at Sliding Rock.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville road trip website.

Getting from Bryson City to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Asheville sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Hendersonville, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Sliding Rock, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Zipline
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Zipline
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
DuPont State Recreational Forest ©
DuPont State Recreational Forest

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Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kids will enjoy Battleship North Carolina and Historic District. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Topsail Island (in Surf City) and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Riverwalk, admire the majestic nature at Carolina Beach State Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex.

For reviews and more tourist information, read Wilmington day trip planning website.

Fly from Asheville to Wilmington in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Wilmington: highs are around 88°F and lows about 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Topsail Island, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
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Topsail Island ©
Topsail Island
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher ©
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Off-Road Tours and Bodie Island Lighthouse. When in Nags Head, make a side trip to see Nature & Wildlife Tours in Corolla, approximately Corolla away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, find something for the whole family at Full Throttle Speedway, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nags Head trip builder app.

Getting from Wilmington to Nags Head by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Wilmington in August, you will find days in Nags Head are little chillier (83°F), and nights are about the same (72°F). You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Corolla, Manteo, Parasailing & Paragliding, Wright Brothers National Memorial
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Off-Road Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Parasailing & Paragliding

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