10 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Fly
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Highlands
— Few hours
Drive
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Valle Crucis
— 3 nights
Drive

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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 Dry Falls.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Highlands travel route planner.

Washington DC to Highlands is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Washington DC in August, things will get a bit cooler in Highlands: highs are around 82°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Cherokee

Trails of Legends and Adventures

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 7th (Fri): examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, stop by Unique Gift Outlet, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Oconaluftee Indian Village, then examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cherokee road trip app.

Traveling by car from Highlands to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Cherokee can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Hendersonville (Elijah Mountain Gem Mine & Bearwallow Mountain), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Biltmore, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and examine the collection at The Folk Art Center.

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You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Valle Crucis.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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nights
Valle Crucis

Valle Crucis in an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. Dutch Creek Trails has been added to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Valle Crucis side-trips: Grayson Highlands State Park (in Mouth of Wilson) and Butler (Wautauga Lake & Watauga Lake Winery). There's much more to do: stroll around The Valle Crucis Community Park, identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain, and take a peaceful walk through Cherokee National Forest.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Valle Crucis visit planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Valle Crucis takes 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Asheville in August; daily highs in Valle Crucis reach 76°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Valle Crucis

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.