9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Highlands
— 1 night
2
Cherokee
— 2 nights
3
Asheville
— 3 nights
4
Blowing Rock
— 2 nights

1
night
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Highlands trip planning site.

Pittsburgh to Highlands is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

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
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, then look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet, and finally admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then head outdoors with Carolina Outfitters.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cherokee trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Highlands to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Cherokee are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Museums · Casinos

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Carolina Outfitters, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum ©
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipline (in Lake Lure), Slick Rock Country Emporium (in Hendersonville) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Biltmore, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Asheville trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Zipline, Slick Rock Country Emporium, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Food Tours
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

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nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. On the 27th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, then trot along with Vx3 Trail Rides, and then take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Blowing Rock trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in May, you will find days in Blowing Rock are little chillier (69°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Grandfather Mountain
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Zipline
Vx3 Trail Rides ©
Vx3 Trail Rides
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

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