10 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

10 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains attractions planner

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Highlands
— 2 nights
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
Drive
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Boone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hendersonville
— 2 nights
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Highlands

— 2 nights
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Whitewater Falls, then immerse yourself in nature at Gorges State Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bust Your Butt Falls.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Highlands itinerary maker tool.

New York City to Highlands is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from New York City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Highlands, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Carolina Outfitters will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at Mountain Farm Museum and Dogwood Crafters. When in Cherokee, make a side trip to see Max Patch in Hot Springs, approximately Hot Springs away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Soco Falls, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cherokee tour planner.

You can drive from Highlands to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cherokee can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Boone.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Boone

— 2 nights
Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): go deep underground at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, stop by Mast General Store, then identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain, and finally contemplate the long history of Flat Top Manor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through The Greenway Trail, go deep underground at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine, and then immerse yourself in nature at Julian Price Memorial Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Boone trip builder website.

You can drive from Cherokee to Boone in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cherokee in July, expect nights in Boone to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are little chillier, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hendersonville.

Things to do in Boone

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Hendersonville

— 2 nights
Hendersonville is a city in Henderson County, North Carolina United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and then cool off at Lake Lure Beach and Water Park. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Cradle of Forestry, then brush up on your military savvy at WNC Military History Museum, then go deep underground at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, and finally learn about winemaking at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hendersonville online trip maker.

You can drive from Boone to Hendersonville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Boone in July, you will find days in Hendersonville are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hendersonville

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

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.