11 days in West Palm Beach & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

11 days in West Palm Beach & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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West Palm Beach
— 4 nights
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Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Banner Elk
— 2 nights
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West Palm Beach

— 4 nights

Orchid City

With a warm climate and sandy stretches, it's no surprise that West Palm Beach is a popular vacation spot.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Palm Beach: Boca Raton (Mizner Park & Gumbo Limbo Nature Center), Lion Country Safari (in Loxahatchee) and Panther Ridge Conservation Center (in Wellington). There's much more to do: let your taste buds guide you at West Palm Beach Food Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, buy something for everyone on your list at Rosemary Square, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wakodahatchee Wetlands.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our West Palm Beach day trip planner.

Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In December in West Palm Beach, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in West Palm Beach

Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 1 night

Trails of Legends and Adventures

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 (Fri): try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, admire the sheer force of Soco Falls, then examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co..

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cherokee online tour itinerary planner.

Fly from West Palm Beach to Cherokee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from West Palm Beach in December; daily highs in Cherokee reach 54°F and lows reach 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trip

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Elijah Mountain Gem Mine (in Hendersonville) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and learn about winemaking at Biltmore Winery at Antler Hill Village.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Cherokee to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. December in Asheville sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Banner Elk.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Banner Elk

— 2 nights
Banner Elk is a town in Avery County, North Carolina, United States. On the 29th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, then whizz through the canopy at Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Sugar Creek Gem Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): look for gifts at Mast General Store, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, then sample the tasty concoctions at Blowing Rock Brewery, and finally see High Country UTV Tours.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Banner Elk trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Banner Elk takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Asheville, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Banner Elk, ranging from highs of 48°F to lows of 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Banner Elk

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

4.5
Historic Sites · 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.