10 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Start: New Orleans
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
1
Cherokee
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: New Orleans

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley), Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Dry Falls (in Highlands). And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Waterrock Knob, and look for gifts at Bryson City Outdoors.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cherokee online trip planner.

New Orleans to Cherokee is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. 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. Traveling from New Orleans in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 62°F in Cherokee. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, Bryson City, Carolina Outfitters, Dry Falls
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Lake Lure (Lake Lure Flowering Bridge & Zipline) and Sliding Rock (in Pisgah Forest). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Biltmore, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, 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

Side Trips

Lake Lure, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Sliding Rock, Blue Ridge Pkwy
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Food Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. On the 4th (Tue), ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rough Ridge Lookout.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock travel planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in August, things will get slightly colder in Blowing Rock: highs are around 76°F and lows about 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Linville, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Julian Price Memorial Park ©
Julian Price Memorial Park
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

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