15 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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 °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nantahala River, Lake Glenville, Whitewater Falls, Fishing Charters & Tours, Whiteside Mountain
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 Carolina Outfitters (in Topton), Robbinsville (Wehrloom Honey & Santeetlah Lake) and Maggie Valley (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum & Soco Falls). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Pincu Pottery, take in the awesome beauty at Waterrock Knob, 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 °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Valle Crucis.

Things to do in Cherokee

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bryson City, Maggie Valley, 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), Backbone Rock Waterfall (in Shady Valley) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Elizabethton). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, delve into the lush surroundings at Cherokee National Forest, take in the dramatic scenery at Otter Falls, and stop by Mast General Store.

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 °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Valle Crucis

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cherokee National Forest, Dutch Creek Trails, Otter Falls, Grayson Highlands State Park, Grandfather Mountain
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Blowing Rock (Bolick and Traditions Pottery, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, &more) and Bobby McLean Memorial Park (in Newland). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, examine the collection at Biltmore, and hike along Bearwallow Mountain.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Asheville trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Valle Crucis to Asheville in 2 hours. When traveling from Valle Crucis in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Asheville, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Blowing Rock, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Bearwallow Mountain, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Blue Ridge Pkwy
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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