12 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

12 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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1
Asheville
— 5 nights
2
Valle Crucis
— 2 nights
3
Cherokee
— 4 nights

5
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Bring the kids along to Biltmore and Zipline. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Pisgah Forest (Sliding Rock & Looking Glass Falls), Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard) and Boone (Hickory Ridge Living History Museum & Turchin Center). There's lots more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine, admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and take in the views from Lake Lure Flowering Bridge.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville trip planner.

Los Angeles to Asheville is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Asheville due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Valle Crucis.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Lure, Pisgah Forest, Boone, Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine, Crystal Mountain Gem Mine
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Zipline
Crystal Mountain Gem Mine ©
Crystal Mountain Gem Mine
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

2
nights
Valle Crucis

Valle Crucis ©
Valle Crucis in an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Dutch Creek Trails. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Watauga Lake, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then head outdoors with Elk River Falls. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, stroll around The Valle Crucis Community Park, and then trot along with Dutch Creek Trails.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Valle Crucis trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Valle Crucis takes 2 hours. When traveling from Asheville in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Valle Crucis: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in Valle Crucis

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Elk River Falls, Grandfather Mountain, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Watauga Lake, Dutch Creek Trails
Highlights from your plan
Dutch Creek Trails ©
Dutch Creek Trails
The Valle Crucis Community Park ©
The Valle Crucis Community Park
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain

4
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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Carolina Outfitters. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cherokee: Highlands (Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, &more), Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley) and Nantahala Gorge Ruby Mine (in Bryson City). And it doesn't end there: walk around Oconaluftee Islands Park, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cherokee trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Valle Crucis to Cherokee takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cherokee can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Highlands, Maggie Valley, Bryson City, Carolina Outfitters
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum ©
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
Horseback Riding Tours

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