10 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains route maker

Make it your trip
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
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Asheville
— 4 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
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Cherokee

— 3 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dry Falls (in Highlands), Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, look for gifts at Bryson City Outdoors, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cherokee trip builder tool.

New Orleans to Cherokee is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Cherokee. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New Orleans in July since evenings lows in Cherokee dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Asheville

— 4 nights

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: Lake Lure (Lake Lure Flowering Bridge & Zipline), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Old Fort Picnic Area (in Old Fort). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Biltmore, explore the striking landscape at Sliding Rock, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip planner.

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Asheville are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 2 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, then identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain, and then take in the awesome beauty at Rough Ridge Lookout.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Blowing Rock attractions planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in August, expect Blowing Rock to be little chillier, temps between 76°F and 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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.