3 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

3 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains travel planner

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Asheville
— 1 night
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Valle Crucis
— 1 night
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Asheville

— 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, then examine the collection at Asheville Pinball Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks. Keep things going the next day: browse the collection at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), look for gifts at Instant Karma Asheville, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville tour builder.

Durham to Asheville is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Valle Crucis.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Valle Crucis

— 1 night
Valle Crucis in an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. You've now added Dutch Creek Trails to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, take in the dramatic scenery at Otter Falls, then stop by Mast General Store, and finally trot along with Dutch Creek Trails.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Valle Crucis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Valle Crucis takes 2 hours. While traveling from Asheville, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Valle Crucis, ranging from highs of 48°F to lows of 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Valle Crucis

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.