6 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

6 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Cherokee
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
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Cherokee

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 4th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Barber Orchard Fruitstand, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cherokee travel itinerary planner.

Durham to Cherokee is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Durham in October, plan for little chillier nights in Cherokee, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Blue Ridge Pkwy and The North Carolina Arboretum. Venture out of the city with trips to Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard (in Hendersonville), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard). And it doesn't end there: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. October in Asheville sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain, then ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews and tourist information, read Blowing Rock trip maker website.

Getting from Asheville to Blowing Rock by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Asheville in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Blowing Rock: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

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.