7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Wilmington
— 1 night
Fly
3
Asheville
— 1 night
Drive
4
Bryson City
— 2 nights
Fly

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Nags Head

— 2 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, then take in the waterfront at Duck Town Boardwalk, then contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Elizabethan Gardens, make a trip to Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at The Monument to a Century of Flight.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nags Head route maker website.

Toronto, Canada to Nags Head is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in September; daily highs in Nags Head reach 30°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Nags Head

Museums · Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 1 night
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 25th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Bellamy Mansion, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, then learn about all things military at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, and finally look for gifts at The Veggie Wagon.

Plan my day in Wilmington using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Nags Head to Wilmington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Asheville

— 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 26th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Biltmore, then look for gifts at Asheville Emporium, and then admire the natural beauty at Craggy Gardens.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Wilmington to Asheville in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in September, expect Asheville to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Bryson City

— 2 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 27th (Fri), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, walk around Oconaluftee Islands Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Wehrloom Honey and then explore and take pictures at Cherohala Skyway.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bryson City driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Bryson City can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.