11 days in Virginia Mountains & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

11 days in Virginia Mountains & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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

— 2 nights
Roanoke is an independent city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Smith Mountain Lake (in Moneta) and National D-Day Memorial (in Bedford). The adventure continues: stroll around Mill Mountain Star & Park, see the interesting displays at Roanoke Pinball Museum, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and look for gifts at Chocolatepaper.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Roanoke trip planner.

New York City to Roanoke is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Roanoke when traveling from New York City in August, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Roanoke

Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 2 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look for gifts at Mast General Store, then take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, and then relax and float downstream with Wahoo's Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): take a pleasant ride with Vx3 Trail Rides, ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Blowing Rock tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Roanoke to Blowing Rock in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Roanoke in August, with highs in Blowing Rock at 76°F and lows at 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: French Broad Adventures (in Marshall), Bearwallow Mountain (in Hendersonville) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Biltmore, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Asheville route site.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Blowing Rock in September: high temperatures in Asheville hover around 79°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 3 nights

Trails of Legends and Adventures

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cherokee: Dry Falls (in Highlands), Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, sample the fine beverages at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., and admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cherokee trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In September in Cherokee, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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Historic Sites · Zipline · River Rafting & Tubing
Called the "Land of the Blue Mist" by the Cherokee Indians, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are one of the world's most biologically diverse wilderness areas. The vast national park sheltering the native wildlife of these ancient mountains offers a close look at the area's nature and its people. A perfect spot for a tranquil vacation, the blue-misted mountains are one of the country's few World Heritage Sites, protecting the largest old-growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Things to do for adventurous visitors include whitewater rafting and river tubing, while those interested in more urbane entertainment can explore the area's many small towns on the 750 km (470 mi) scenic road meandering over the mountains.