9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip planner
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Fly
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Bryson City
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Lake Lure
— 1 night
Drive
3
Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive
5
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Corolla
— 1 night
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Boston

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Bryson City — 2 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 1st (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Appalachian Rivers Aquarium, get outside with Nantahala on the Fly, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Tsali Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and finally stop by Bryson City Outdoors.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bryson City holiday maker app.

Boston to Bryson City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Boston in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Bryson City, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Lake Lure.
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Lake Lure — 1 night

Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get great views at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, snap pictures at Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, and then cool off at Lake Lure Beach and Water Park. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Thompson's Store, then appreciate the views at Pearson's Falls and Glen, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lake Lure online holiday planner.

You can drive from Bryson City to Lake Lure in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Lake Lure are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Blowing Rock.
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Blowing Rock — 2 nights

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 5th (Wed), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then look for all kinds of wild species at High Mountain Expeditions, and then ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Grandfather Mountain State Park, take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, and then Head underground at Linville Caverns.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Blowing Rock trip website.

You can drive from Lake Lure to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Lake Lure in July, things will get little chillier in Blowing Rock: highs are around 78°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 1 night

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stop by Cape Fear Spice Merchants, learn about all things military at Battleship North Carolina, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Wilmington route site.

Fly from Blowing Rock to Wilmington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, Wilmington is a bit warmer than Blowing Rock - with highs of 89°F and lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manteo.
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Manteo, Roanoke Island — 1 night

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Capt Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours, and finally take an in-depth tour of Buffalo City Exhibit.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Manteo online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Manteo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and car. July in Manteo sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Corolla.
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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 9th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then see Off-Road Tours, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Corolla trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Manteo to Corolla takes 1.5 hours. July in Corolla sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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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.
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