23 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

23 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Bryson City
— 4 nights
2
Highlands
— 4 nights
3
Blowing Rock
— 5 nights
4
Asheville
— 8 nights

4
nights
Bryson City

Bryson City ©
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum and Smoky Mountain Trains Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual and Mountain Farm Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Bryson City: Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Fields of the Wood (in Murphy). And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, shop like a local with The Charles Heath Gallery, stop by Bearmeats Indian Den, and enjoy the music at Nantahala Brewing Company Taproom, Smokehouse & Brewery.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bryson City tour planner.

Belfast, UK to Bryson City is an approximately 16-hour combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Belfast to Bryson City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Belfast in August, expect Bryson City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Bryson City

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Cherokee, Carolina Outfitters, Fields of the Wood, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
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Smoky Mountain Trains Museum ©
Smoky Mountain Trains Museum
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum

4
nights
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Let the collections at The Bascom and Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum capture your imagination. Do your shopping at Cashiers Farmers Market and Ruby City Gems & Minerals. Venture out of the city with trips to Franklin (Cowee Gift Shop & Mason Mountain Mine & Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, stop by Victoria's Closet, and take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Highlands travel route planner.

You can drive from Bryson City to Highlands in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Franklin, Cashiers, Whiteside Mountain
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum ©
Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

5
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock ©
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Head to Mast General Store and Kilwins Chocolate Kitchenfor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and Saint Mary's Episcopal Church. Get out of town with these interesting Blowing Rock side-trips: Linville Falls Winery (in Newland), Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery (in Ronda) and Linville Gorge (in Linville Falls). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, go deep underground at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, stop by Souvenir Shirts, and immerse yourself in nature at Julian Price Memorial Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Blowing Rock visit app.

Drive from Highlands to Blowing Rock in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Highlands in September, you will find days in Blowing Rock are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Nature · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Boone, Banner Elk, Linville Falls Winery, Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, Saint Mary's Episcopal Church
Highlights from your plan
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
Linville Falls Winery ©
Linville Falls Winery
Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery
Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery

8
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll explore and learn at The Folk Art Center and Biltmore. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at New Morning Gallery and Mast General Store. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Max Patch (in Hot Springs), Hendersonville (Burntshirt Vineyards, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, &more) and Mast General Store (in Waynesville). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, hunt for treasures at WNC Farmers Market, and sample the tasty concoctions at Highland Brewing Company.

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

Getting from Blowing Rock to Asheville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Blowing Rock in September, with highs in Asheville at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hendersonville, Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery, Max Patch, Vance Birthplace, Cradle of Forestry
Highlights from your plan
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards ©
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
The Folk Art Center ©
The Folk Art Center
Basilica of Saint Lawrence ©
Basilica of Saint Lawrence

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