7 days in North Carolina & New Jersey Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina & New Jersey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Drive
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Lake Lure
Drive
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Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive
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Highlands
— 1 night
Fly to Philadelphia, Bus to Cape May
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Cape May
— 2 nights
Bus to Greyhound Terminal -10Th St/Filbert St, Fly to Kill Devil Hills
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Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
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Lake Lure

Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. On the 1st (Sat), get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lake Lure trip builder.

Durham to Lake Lure is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Lake Lure

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
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Highlights from your trip

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 2nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryson City online journey builder.

You can drive from Lake Lure to Bryson City in 2 hours. Traveling from Lake Lure in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bryson City, with lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Highlands.

Things to do in Bryson City

Museums · Tours · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trip

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Highlands

— 1 night
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 3rd (Mon), admire the sheer force of Dry Falls.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Highlands route app.

Getting from Bryson City to Highlands by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Highlands can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape May.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature · Parks
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Cape May

— 2 nights

The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort

Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): kick back and relax at North Wildwood Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildwood Beach, then stop by Kona Surf Co., and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Cape May Lighthouse and then kick back and relax at Cape May City Beaches.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cape May trip maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Highlands to Cape May takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In August, daytime highs in Cape May are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Cape May

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Kill Devil Hills

— 2 nights
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kill Devil Hills tour itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cape May to Kill Devil Hills in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Traveling from Cape May in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 72°F in Kill Devil Hills. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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North Carolina travel guide

4.4
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.

New Jersey travel guide

3.9
Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.