11 days in Delaware & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

11 days in Delaware & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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11 days in Delaware & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Start: Newark
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Rehoboth Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Highlands
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach ©
The population of the city of Rehoboth Beach expands by 25,000 every summer.
Change things up with a short trip to Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: test your problem-solving skills at Escape Rehoboth, take a leisurely stroll along Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, stroll through Dewey Beach, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rehoboth Beach day trip app .

Newark to Rehoboth Beach is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Rehoboth Beach

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Air Mobility Command Museum, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Dewey Beach, Cape Henlopen State Park
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Escape Rehoboth ©
Escape Rehoboth
Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk ©
Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk
Rehoboth Beach Public Beach ©
Rehoboth Beach Public Beach

1
night
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. On the 19th (Mon), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, browse the collection at The Blowing Rock Community Library, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, then stop by Mast General Store, then explore and take pictures at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Blowing Rock road trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Rehoboth Beach to Blowing Rock in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rehoboth Beach in August, with highs in Blowing Rock at 76°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Boone, Grandfather Mountain, Mast General Store
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Zipline
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain

3
nights
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: Zipline (in Lake Lure), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). Next up on the itinerary: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, browse the exhibits of Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip tool .

Getting from Blowing Rock to Asheville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Blowing Rock in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Zipline, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
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Zipline
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum
The Folk Art Center ©
The Folk Art Center

1
night
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Highlands trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Asheville to Highlands in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Whiteside Mountain
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Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, then examine the collection at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, then get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and finally steep yourself in history at Oconaluftee Indian Village.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cherokee travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Highlands to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. August in Cherokee sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Tours Museums Adventure

Side Trip

Bryson City
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

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