12 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

12 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains trip itinerary planner

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

— 2 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.
Kids will enjoy Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cherokee: Maggie Valley (Cataloochee Ski Area & Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum), Dry Falls (in Highlands) and Sutton and Son's Antiques (in Waynesville). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Soco Falls, see the interesting displays at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Fusions Spa.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cherokee visit planner.

Fort Lauderdale to Cherokee is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December, expect Cherokee to be cooler, temps between 54°F and 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 3 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Bring the kids along to Zipline and Flat Top Manor. There's lots more to do: explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, and look for gifts at Mast General Store.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Blowing Rock road trip planning site.

You can drive from Cherokee to Blowing Rock in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cherokee in December, expect nights in Blowing Rock to be about the same, around 31°F, while days are slightly colder, around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Asheville

— 6 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kids will enjoy The North Carolina Arboretum and Western North Carolina Nature Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Chimney Rock (Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park & Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine), M. A. Pace General Store (in Saluda) and Brevard (WNC Military History Museum & Crystal Mountain Gem Mine). There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, look for gifts at Mtn Merch, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Asheville trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Blowing Rock in December: highs in Asheville hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

4.5
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.