8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Asheville
— 1 night
Drive
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Charlotte
— 1 night
Fly
4
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
Drive to Norfolk International Airport, Fly to Weston

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Asheville

— 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 20th (Thu), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip planner.

Weston to Asheville is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Weston in May: high temperatures in Asheville hover around 75°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Asheville

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 2 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
On the 22nd (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome, take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road, and then walk around Chimneys Picnic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the engineering at Fontana Dam & Visitors Center, then appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cades Cove.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park journey site.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes an hour. In May in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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 24th (Mon): see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, join the crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and then get in on the family fun at Carowinds.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Charlotte vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Charlotte takes 3 hours. In May in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Wilmington.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Wilmington

— 1 night
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): make a trip to Riverwalk, take a tour of Battleship North Carolina, and then stop by Historic District.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wilmington road trip app.

You can fly from Charlotte to Wilmington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Wilmington

Neighborhoods

Kill Devil Hills

— 2 nights
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. On the 26th (Wed), enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then see Off-Road Tours, and then take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kill Devil Hills planner.

You can drive from Wilmington to Kill Devil Hills in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Wilmington in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kill Devil Hills: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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.