10 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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1
Cherokee
— 3 nights
2
Asheville
— 4 nights
3
Blowing Rock
— 2 nights

3
nights
Cherokee

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City), Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Dry Falls (in Highlands). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, look for gifts at Bryson City Outdoors, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cherokee trip builder tool.

New Orleans to Cherokee is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Cherokee. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New Orleans in July since evenings lows in Cherokee dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, Bryson City, Carolina Outfitters, Dry Falls
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Old Fort Picnic Area (in Old Fort), Lake Lure (Lake Lure Flowering Bridge & Zipline) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Biltmore, explore the striking landscape at Sliding Rock, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip planner.

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Asheville are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lake Lure, Old Fort Picnic Area, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Sliding Rock, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Food Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, thenidentify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain, and then take in the awesome beauty at Rough Ridge Lookout.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Blowing Rock attractions planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in August, expect Blowing Rock to be little chillier, temps between °F and °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Linville
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Zipline
Julian Price Memorial Park ©
Julian Price Memorial Park
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

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