9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina visit planner

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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Raleigh
— 2 nights
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Nags Head
— 3 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Fowler's Clay Works (in Gatlinburg) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Roaring Fork & Clingmans Dome). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum.

Before you visit Asheville, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

New York City to Asheville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in May, you will find days in Asheville are a bit warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Raleigh.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 2 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Trolley Pub as well as Carolina Touring Company. On the 2nd (Wed), hit the best photo ops around with Carolina Touring Company and then catch all the local highlights with Trolley Pub. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Neuse River Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Raleigh vacation site.

You can drive from Asheville to Raleigh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. June in Raleigh sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Nags Head.

Things to do in Raleigh

Tours · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, then take a leisurely stroll along Jennette's Pier, and then enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): look for gifts at Mom's Sweet Shop, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, then visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and finally head outdoors with Back Country Safari Tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Nags Head route planning app.

Drive from Raleigh to Nags Head in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Raleigh in June, you will find days in Nags Head are slightly colder (82°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). On the 6th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.