9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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Gastonia
— 2 nights
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Troutman
— 1 night
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Pisgah Forest
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Banner Elk
— 2 nights
Drive to Greenville/Spartanburg, Fly to Miami

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Gastonia

— 2 nights
Gastonia is the largest city and county seat of Gaston County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Muddy River Distillery and then immerse yourself in nature at Crowders Mountain State Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Gastonia trip itinerary planning app.

Homestead to Gastonia is an approximately 8-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Homestead in December: high temperatures in Gastonia hover around 57°F and lows are around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Troutman.

Things to do in Gastonia

Nature · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Troutman

— 1 night
Troutman is a small town in Iredell County, North Carolina, United States. On the 27th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Lake Norman State Park, then get to know the resident critters at Zootastic Park, and then do a tasting at Daveste Vineyards.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Troutman vacation planner.

You can drive from Gastonia to Troutman in an hour. In December in Troutman, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pisgah Forest.

Things to do in Troutman

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Wineries

Pisgah Forest

— 1 night
Pisgah Forest is an unincorporated community in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States. On the 28th (Mon), delve into the lush surroundings at Pisgah National Forest and then take in the awesome beauty at Bald Rock Heritage Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through DuPont State Recreational Forest, then admire the sheer force of Looking Glass Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Sliding Rock.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pisgah Forest road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Troutman to Pisgah Forest takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in December, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Pisgah Forest

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Biltmore as well as North Carolina Glass Center. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): learn something new at North Carolina Glass Center, contemplate the long history of Biltmore, get to know the resident critters at Western North Carolina Nature Center, then explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks.

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Getting from Pisgah Forest to Asheville by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in December, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Banner Elk.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Museums · Spas

Banner Elk

— 2 nights
Banner Elk is a town in Avery County, North Carolina, United States. Bring the kids along to Zipline and Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Banner Elk: Blowing Rock (Flat Top Manor & Appalachian Ski Mtn.). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Apple Hill Farm, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Sugar Creek Gem Mine, look for all kinds of wild species at Grandfather Trout Farm, and hit the slopes at Sugar Mountain Resort.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Banner Elk online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Asheville to Banner Elk in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Asheville, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Banner Elk, ranging from highs of 48°F to lows of 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Banner Elk

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

4.5
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.