5 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Cherokee
— 1 night
2
Blowing Rock
— 1 night
3
Lake Lure
— 1 night

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Cherokee

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, thenshop like a local with Cedar Hill Studio & Gallery, and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cherokee trip builder.

Honolulu to Cherokee is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Honolulu in August; daily highs in Cherokee reach °F and lows reach °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Cedar Hill Studio & Gallery, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum ©

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night
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock itinerary tool.

You can drive from Cherokee to Blowing Rock in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Cherokee, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Blowing Rock, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Lake Lure.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Zipline
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

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night
Lake Lure

Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): snap pictures at Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at The Gem Mine.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Lake Lure tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Lake Lure in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Blowing Rock in August, with highs in Lake Lure at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lake Lure

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Zipline
Lake Lure Flowering Bridge ©
Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
The Gem Mine ©
The Gem Mine

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