19 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

19 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains trip builder

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Montreat
— 4 nights
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Boone
— 5 nights
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Chimney Rock
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Cherokee
— 5 nights

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Montreat

— 4 nights
Montreat is a town in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. Blue Ridge Pkwy has been added to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Montreat side-trips: Crabtree Falls (in Grassy Creek), Emerald Village (in Little Switzerland) and Pisgah National Forest (in Pisgah Forest). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Graybeard Trail, stroll around Robert Lake Park, admire the sheer force of Catawba Falls, and examine the collection at Museum of North Carolina Minerals.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Montreat trip itinerary maker site.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Montreat. In October, daily temperatures in Montreat can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Boone.

Things to do in Montreat

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Boone

— 5 nights
Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Boone: Abingdon (Sinking Spring Cemetery, Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, &more), Benjamin Walls Gallery (in Bristol) and Grandfather Mountain (in Linville). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through The Greenway Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Linville Gorge, examine the collection at Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, and hike along The Cascades Trail.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Boone journey planner.

Traveling by car from Montreat to Boone takes 2 hours. When traveling from Montreat in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Boone: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chimney Rock.

Things to do in Boone

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Chimney Rock

— 2 nights
Chimney Rock is a village in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Pearson's Falls and Glen, get great views at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, and then go for a walk through Rocky Broad Riverwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): experience rural life at Sweet Betsy Farm, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then don't miss a visit to Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, and finally go deep underground at Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Chimney Rock holiday maker tool.

Drive from Boone to Chimney Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Boone in October, expect nights in Chimney Rock to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Chimney Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Biltmore. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Biltmore, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then look for gifts at Instant Karma Asheville, and finally get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, then see the interesting displays at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip builder tool.

Drive from Chimney Rock to Asheville in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Asheville, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Cherokee

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cherokee side-trips: Anna Ruby Falls (in Helen), River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City) and Highlands (Bust Your Butt Falls & Dry Falls). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Newfound Gap Road, take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum, admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, and examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cherokee online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. October in Cherokee sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 44°F at night.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

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.