15 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains route planner

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Route & dates

Start: Austin
Fly:  7 h
1
Highlands
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Cherokee
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Valle Crucis
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Asheville
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Austin

3
nights
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Explore Highlands' surroundings by going to Whitewater Falls (in Sapphire), Nantahala River (in Almond) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Franklin). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and explore the activities along Lake Glenville.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Highlands online trip planner.

Austin to Highlands is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Highlands is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Austin in July, with highs in Highlands at 83°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Nantahala River, Whitewater Falls, Lake Glenville, Whiteside Mountain, Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

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.
Explore Cherokee's surroundings by going to Maggie Valley (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum & Soco Falls), Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Robbinsville (Wehrloom Honey & Santeetlah Lake). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Pincu Pottery, stop by Unique Gift Outlet, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cherokee attractions planner.

Getting from Highlands to Cherokee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Valle Crucis.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, Bryson City, Robbinsville, Carolina Outfitters
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Waterrock Knob ©
Waterrock Knob
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum ©

3
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Valle Crucis: Grayson Highlands State Park (in Mouth of Wilson), Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Elizabethton) and Backbone Rock Waterfall (in Shady Valley). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, stop by Mast General Store, take in the dramatic scenery at Otter Falls, and delve into the lush surroundings at Cherokee National Forest.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Valle Crucis trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Cherokee to Valle Crucis by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Cherokee, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Valle Crucis, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Valle Crucis

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Otter Falls, Grayson Highlands State Park, Grandfather Mountain, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Cherokee National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Dutch Creek Trails ©
Dutch Creek Trails
Grayson Highlands State Park ©
Grayson Highlands State Park
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Bobby McLean Memorial Park (in Newland), River Rafting & Tubing (in Boone) and Blowing Rock (Bolick and Traditions Pottery, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, &more). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Pkwy, enjoy breathtaking views from Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and stroll through Bearwallow Mountain.

Make your Asheville itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Valle Crucis to Asheville by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Valle Crucis in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Asheville, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Blowing Rock, Bobby McLean Memorial Park, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park ©
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

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