11 days in Asheville & The Foothills Itinerary

11 days in Asheville & The Foothills Itinerary

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11 days in Asheville & The Foothills Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Morganton
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Pisgah Forest
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Knoxville

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Gatlinburg (Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Sugarlands Distilling Company, & more) and Pigeon Forge (Titanic Museum Attraction & Dollywood). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Biltmore, view the masterpieces at New Morning Gallery, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville journey planner .

Knoxville to Asheville is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. April in Asheville sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Morganton.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

3
nights
Morganton

Morganton is a city in Burke County, North Carolina, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Morganton: T.H. Broyhill Walking Park (in Lenoir), Grandfather Mountain (in Linville) and Zipline (in Blowing Rock). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Catawba River Greenway, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Southern Distilling Company, take in the awesome beauty at Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill, and do a tasting at Silver Fork Winery.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Morganton vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Asheville to Morganton in an hour. April in Morganton sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pisgah Forest.

Things to do in Morganton

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Southern Distilling Company, The Lazy 5 Ranch, Zipline, Linville Caverns, T.H. Broyhill Walking Park
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Zipline
Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill ©
Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill
Silver Fork Winery ©
Silver Fork Winery

3
nights
Pisgah Forest

Pisgah Forest ©
Pisgah Forest is an unincorporated community in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States. On the 9th (Thu), take a peaceful walk through Pisgah National Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go deep underground at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, admire the sheer force of Looking Glass Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Sliding Rock, and finally trek along Devil's Courthouse.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Pisgah Forest trip planner .

You can drive from Morganton to Pisgah Forest in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in April, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Pisgah Forest

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pretty Place (Symmes Chapel), Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, DuPont State Recreational Forest
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Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest
Devil's Courthouse ©
Devil's Courthouse
Looking Glass Falls ©
Looking Glass Falls

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