8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Charlotte
— 1 day
Fly
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Nags Head
— 3 nights
Fly
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 1 night
Fly

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Charlotte

— 1 day

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 24th (Mon): get curious at Discovery Place Science, get in on the family fun at Carowinds, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Charlotte road trip site.

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major aiports are Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Piedmont Triad International Airport and Greenville Spartanburg International Airport. May in Charlotte sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Nags Head.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Corolla (Back Country Safari Tours, Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nags Head online trip 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 May, expect nights in Nags Head to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to fly to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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 28th (Fri): stop by Mast General Store, then look for all kinds of wild species at High Mountain Expeditions, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Nags Head to Blowing Rock takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Nags Head in May, expect Blowing Rock to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Broad River Gems & Mining Co., then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Crystal Mountain Gem Mine.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Asheville route planner.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in May, you will find days in Asheville are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Museums

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 31st (Mon), head outdoors with Nantahala on the Fly, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take an in-depth tour of Swain County Heritage Museum.

Discover how to plan a Bryson City trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Asheville to Bryson City by car takes about 1.5 hours. May in Bryson City sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Museums

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.