11 days in North Carolina Mountains & Atlanta Itinerary

11 days in North Carolina Mountains & Atlanta Itinerary

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Blowing Rock
— 1 day
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Asheville
— 4 nights
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
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Highlands
— 1 night
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Atlanta
— 2 nights
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Blowing Rock — 1 day

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 28th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bass Lake and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Blowing Rock visit planner.

Orlando to Blowing Rock is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Orlando in May, plan for slightly colder days in Blowing Rock, with highs around 69°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Asheville.
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Asheville — 4 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford), Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Roaring Fork, &more) and Dollywood (in Pigeon Forge). There's still lots to do: get outside with Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and delve into the lush surroundings at Pisgah National Forest.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Asheville itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Blowing Rock in May: highs in Asheville hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.
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Cherokee — 3 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cherokee: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Clingmans Dome, The Sinks, &more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Newfound Gap Road.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cherokee itinerary planner.

Getting from Asheville to Cherokee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Highlands.
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Highlands — 1 night

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 5th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls and then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Highlands itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Cherokee to Highlands in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Highlands can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Atlanta.
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Atlanta — 2 nights

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Georgia Aquarium, and then get a sense of history and politics at Georgia State Capitol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, play a few rounds at Top Golf, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Atlanta trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Highlands to Atlanta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Highlands in June: high temperatures in Atlanta hover around 87°F and lows are around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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History Museums · 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.
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