5 days in Minneapolis & North Carolina Itinerary

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— 1 night
Fly to Knoxville, Drive to Bryson City
Bryson City
— 1 night
— 2 nights


Minneapolis — 1 night

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art and then stroll through Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park and then browse the different shops at Mall of America.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis planner.

New York City to Minneapolis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Minneapolis is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Minneapolis at 75°F and lows at 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Bryson City.
Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums
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Bryson City — 1 night

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bryson City trip maker site.

Do a combination of flight and car from Minneapolis to Bryson City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September in Bryson City, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Asheville.
Tours · Casinos · Outdoors · Fun & Games
Side Trip
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Asheville — 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): view the masterpieces at New Morning Gallery, cruise along Blue Ridge Parkway, and then sample some tasty brews at BREW-ed. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then get a dose of the wild on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Asheville online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. In September in Asheville, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive
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North Carolina travel guide

Historic Sites · 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.