3 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

3 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Asheville
— 1 day
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Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
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Asheville

— 1 day

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 16th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville online sightseeing planner.

Charleston to Asheville is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Charleston in January, things will get little chillier in Asheville: highs are around 47°F and lows about 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Spas · Shopping · Museums

Blowing Rock

— 2 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): go deep underground at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, hit the slopes at Sugar Mountain Resort, then look for gifts at Souvenir Shirts, and finally go deep underground at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine. Here are some ideas for day two: ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, hit the slopes at Appalachian Ski Mtn., and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Blowing Rock trip builder website.

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in January, expect nights in Blowing Rock to be about the same, around 23°F, while days are slightly colder, around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

4.5
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.