10 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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

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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 Dry Falls (in Highlands), River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City) and Carolina Outfitters (in Topton). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, look for gifts at Bryson City Outdoors, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Waterrock Knob, and try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cherokee online trip planner.

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. Traveling from New Orleans in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 62°F in Cherokee. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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

4
nights
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: Lake Lure (Lake Lure Flowering Bridge & Zipline), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Old Fort Picnic Area (in Old Fort). There's lots more to do: stroll through 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 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°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, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Sliding Rock, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Old Fort Picnic Area
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Zipline
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Food Tours

2
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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, then identify 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 76°F and 59°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
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Julian Price Memorial Park ©
Julian Price Memorial Park
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

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