7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina sightseeing planner

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Fly to Atlanta, Drive to Bryson City
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Bryson City
— 1 day
Drive
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Lake Lure
— 1 night
Drive
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Drive
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Charlotte
— 1 night
Fly
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Nags Head
— 3 nights
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Bryson City

— 1 day
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): head outdoors with Nantahala on the Fly and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bryson City travel planner.

Columbus to Bryson City is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lake Lure.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Lake Lure

— 1 night
Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. On the 4th (Fri), examine the collection at Broad River Gems & Mining Co., then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then go deep underground at The Gem Mine, and finally take in the views from Lake Lure Flowering Bridge.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Lure trip website.

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Lake Lure takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Lake Lure

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Blowing Rock

— 1 night
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, then get a dose of the wild on High Mountain Expeditions, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock trip builder app.

Getting from Lake Lure to Blowing Rock by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lake Lure in June: high temperatures in Blowing Rock hover around 77°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 1 night

The Queen City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then find something for the whole family at Carowinds, and then explore the engaging exhibits at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Charlotte trip site.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Charlotte takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Charlotte: highs are around 88°F and lows about 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Nags Head.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Nags Head

— 3 nights
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 enjoy Off-Road Tours and Back Country Safari Tours. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park, enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nags Head online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Charlotte to Nags Head in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Charlotte in June, you will find days in Nags Head are a bit cooler (82°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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.