3 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

3 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Maggie Valley
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Cherokee
— 1 night
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Maggie Valley

— 1 night
Maggie Valley is a town in Haywood County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Waterrock Knob. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Maggie Valley trip planner.

New York City to Maggie Valley is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in May: highs in Maggie Valley hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Maggie Valley

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Cherokee

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cherokee visit planner.

Cherokee is just a short distance from Maggie Valley. In May in Cherokee, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Tours · Museums · Fun & Games · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.