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North Carolina Mountains

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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. With the Inspirock custom trip planner, North Carolina Mountains and other destinations across the globe can be made central to your personalized travel plans.
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Places to visit in North Carolina Mountains

Asheville Trip planner BEST FOR: Garden, Nightlife, Art Gallery Cherokee Trip planner BEST FOR: Casino, Specialty Museum, Waterfall Blowing Rock Trip planner BEST FOR: River Rafting / Tubing, Zipline, Ride / Activity Maggie Valley Trip planner BEST FOR: Specialty Museum, Ski Area, Waterfall Hendersonville Trip planner BEST FOR: Winery / Vineyard, Gift & Specialty Shop, Specialty Museum

Popular things to do in North Carolina Mountains

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Food Tour
Food Tours Asheville
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Casino
Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee Cherokee
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Duration: 2 hours
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Spa
Spas Asheville
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Duration: 2 hours
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Zipline
Zipline Blowing Rock
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in North Carolina Mountains

Nature / Wildlife Tour
Tumblestone Tours and Transportation Asheville
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Duration: 4 hours
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Hiking Trail
Max Patch Hot Springs
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Ski Area
Cataloochee Ski Area Maggie Valley
3.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Beer Tasting / Tour
BREW-ed Asheville
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Nature in North Carolina Mountains

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Waterfall
Dry Falls Highlands
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Duration: 2 hours
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Waterfall
Mingo Falls Cherokee
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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National Park
The North Carolina Arboretum Asheville
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in North Carolina Mountains

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Ski Area
Appalachian Ski Mtn. Blowing Rock
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Ski Area
Sugar Mountain Resort Banner Elk
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Duration: 2 hours
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Zipline
Zipline Lake Lure
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Mine
Doc's Rocks Gem Mine Blowing Rock
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in North Carolina Mountains

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Specialty Museum
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum Maggie Valley
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Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Asheville Pinball Museum Asheville
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Museum of the Cherokee Indian Cherokee
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Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
The Folk Art Center Asheville
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in North Carolina Mountains

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar Asheville
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Mast General Store Asheville
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
O.P. Taylor's Brevard
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Brian Boggs Asheville
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Horseback Riding Tour
Dutch Creek Trails Vilas
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Casino
Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino Murphy
2.5
Duration: 30 minutes