8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Start: Augusta
Drive:  4 h 45 min
1
Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Highlands
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Pisgah Forest
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Augusta

2
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Blowing Rock is known for trails, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, look for gifts at Mast General Store, take in the exciting artwork at Caldwell Arts Council, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Blowing Rock road trip planner.

Augusta to Blowing Rock is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Augusta in June, expect Blowing Rock to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Boone, Caldwell Arts Council, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Grandfather Mountain, Mast General Store
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Zipline
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, then stop by Unique Gift Outlet, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then head outdoors with Carolina Outfitters.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cherokee online vacation planner.

Getting from Blowing Rock to Cherokee by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Cherokee sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Carolina Outfitters
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls

1
night
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, then admire the sheer force of Bust Your Butt Falls, then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Highlands trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Cherokee to Highlands by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Highlands are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pisgah Forest.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Whiteside Mountain
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

2
nights
Pisgah Forest

Pisgah Forest ©
Pisgah Forest is an unincorporated community in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States. You've now added Sliding Rock to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at DuPont State Recreational Forest, then stop by Pisgah Forest Gem Mine, then sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and finally explore the striking landscape at Looking Glass Rock. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Cradle of Forestry, then admire the sheer force of Sliding Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Looking Glass Falls.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Pisgah Forest trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Highlands to Pisgah Forest takes 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pisgah Forest

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, DuPont State Recreational Forest
Highlights from your plan
Sliding Rock ©
Sliding Rock
Pisgah Forest Gem Mine ©
Pisgah Forest Gem Mine
Looking Glass Falls ©
Looking Glass Falls

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