7 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains travel route planner

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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
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Bryson City
— 1 night
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Highlands
— 1 night
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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Elijah Mountain Gem Mine (in Hendersonville), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and French Broad Adventures (in Marshall). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Biltmore, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville road trip app.

Fort Lauderdale to Asheville is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Fort Lauderdale in July, with highs in Asheville at 84°F and lows at 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

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 3rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, and then see High Country UTV Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Mast General Store, then relax and float downstream with Wahoo's Adventures, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Blowing Rock road trip app.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in August, things will get a bit cooler in Blowing Rock: highs are around 76°F and lows about 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stop by Unique Gift Outlet, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bryson City trip maker app.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Bryson City in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Blowing Rock in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bryson City: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Bryson City

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Adventure

Side Trip

1
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Highlands

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, then whizz through the canopy at Highlands Aerial Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Highlands travel planner.

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Highlands takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Highlands can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Adventure · 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.