8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina visit planner

Make it your trip
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Raleigh
— 3 nights
Drive
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Corolla
— 1 night
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Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Attractions like Tumblestone Tours and Transportation and Food Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard), Zipline (in Lake Lure) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Pkwy, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Instant Karma Asheville, and examine the collection at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild).

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Asheville road trip tool.

New York City to Asheville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Asheville when traveling from New York City in November, with lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 3 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Attractions like Neuse River Trail and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Raleigh: Conservators Center (in Burlington), Airborne and Special Operations Museum (in Fayetteville) and Greensboro (J. Douglas Galyon Depot & International Civil Rights Center & Museum). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Pullen Park, explore the world behind art at Gregg Museum of Art & Design, stroll through Fletcher Park, and get engrossed in the history at Marbles Kids Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Raleigh vacation maker.

You can drive from Asheville to Raleigh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. November in Raleigh sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Corolla

— 1 night
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): trek along Currituck Banks Reserve, see Off-Road Tours, then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Corolla trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Corolla takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In November, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails

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.