10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h
1
Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Lake Lure
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hendersonville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Charlotte

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night
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Carowinds. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Carowinds.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Charlotte travel planner.

Houston to Charlotte is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Houston to Charlotte, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in July, expect Charlotte to be little chillier, temps between 90°F and 70°F. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lake Lure.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks Museums
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NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Carowinds ©
Carowinds

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Lake Lure

Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. On the 7th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours, then take in the views from Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, then see the interesting displays at The Right Track Toy Train Museum, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Buffalo Creek Park Mountain Biking Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the history at Cowpens National Battlefield and then make a splash at Lake Lure Beach and Water Park.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Lake Lure day trip planning site .

Drive from Charlotte to Lake Lure in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. In July in Lake Lure, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Lake Lure

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Cowpens National Battlefield
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Zipline
Cowpens National Battlefield ©
Cowpens National Battlefield
The Right Track Toy Train Museum ©

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nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures as well as River Rafting & Tubing. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, kick your exploration up a notch at Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, then view the masterpieces at New Morning Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Craggy Gardens, then examine the collection at Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center, and then explore the galleries of Grovewood Village.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Asheville itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Lure to Asheville takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Asheville, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
On the 11th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Cataloochee Valley, then appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, and then identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, explore the striking landscape at Chimney Tops Trail, and then get to know the fascinating history of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park online day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In July, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hendersonville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Cataloochee Valley ©
Cataloochee Valley
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail

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Hendersonville

Hendersonville ©
Hendersonville is a city in Henderson County, North Carolina United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blue Ridge Mountains. On the 11th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Blue Ridge Mountains, then admire all the interesting features of Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, then contemplate the long history of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at DuPont State Recreational Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Sliding Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Looking Glass Falls, then sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and finally learn about winemaking at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hendersonville travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Hendersonville. In July in Hendersonville, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Hendersonville

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pisgah Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Blue Ridge Mountains, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
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DuPont State Recreational Forest ©
DuPont State Recreational Forest
Sliding Rock ©
Sliding Rock

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