8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina journey planner

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Raleigh
— 1 day
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Nags Head
— 2 nights
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Wilmington
— 1 night
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Charlotte
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Bryson City
— 1 night
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Raleigh

— 1 day

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 29th (Sat), get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and then stroll around Pullen Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Raleigh trip itinerary planning tool.

Pittsburgh to Raleigh is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Pittsburgh in May: highs in Raleigh hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

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.
On the 30th (Sun), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then explore the galleries of Wright Brothers National Memorial.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nags Head travel planner.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Nags Head takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In May, daily temperatures in Nags Head can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Wilmington.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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 1st (Tue), take a stroll through Historic District, then step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and then make a trip to Riverwalk.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Wilmington travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Nags Head to Wilmington by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Nags Head in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Wilmington, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Charlotte.

Things to do in Wilmington

Neighborhoods

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, bet on your favorite at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and then find something for the whole family at Carowinds.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Charlotte trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Wilmington to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Charlotte are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, then admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and finally stop by Asheville Bee Charmer.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Asheville online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Charlotte to Asheville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, Asheville is a bit cooler than Charlotte - with highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 1 night
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 5th (Sat), try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Bryson City trip itinerary app.

Drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Casinos

Side Trip

North Carolina travel guide

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History Museums · 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.