11 days in Atlanta & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

11 days in Atlanta & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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11 days in Atlanta & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Atlanta
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Bryson City
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Atlanta is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at Georgia Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, admire the natural beauty at Atlanta Botanical Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedmont Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Atlanta trip itinerary planner.

New York City to Atlanta is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in November, you will find days in Atlanta are somewhat warmer (64°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Georgia Aquarium ©
Georgia Aquarium
World of Coca-Cola ©
World of Coca-Cola
Atlanta Botanical Garden ©
Atlanta Botanical Garden

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: Falls Park on the Reedy (in Greenville) and Team ECCO Ocean Center & Aquarium (in Hendersonville). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Biltmore Estate, cruise along Blueridge Parkway, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Asheville custom trip planner.

Getting from Atlanta to Asheville by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Atlanta in November, expect Asheville to be a bit cooler, temps between 59°F and 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Team ECCO Aquarium & Shark Lab, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Falls Park on the Reedy
Highlights from your plan
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Falls Park on the Reedy ©
Falls Park on the Reedy

4
nights
Bryson City

Bryson City ©
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bryson City: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, Roaring Fork, & more).

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bryson City trip generator.

You can drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Newfound Gap Road ©
Newfound Gap Road
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

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