11 days in West Palm Beach & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

11 days in West Palm Beach & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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


West Palm Beach — 4 nights

With a warm climate and sandy stretches, it's no surprise that West Palm Beach is a popular vacation spot.
Explore West Palm Beach's surroundings by going to Panther Ridge Conservation Center (in Wellington), Boca Raton (Mizner Park & Gumbo Limbo Nature Center) and Lion Country Safari (in Loxahatchee). Next up on the itinerary: see the top attractions with West Palm Beach Food Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, squeeze the most out of the city with Diva Duck Amphibious Tours, and don't miss a visit to Worth Avenue.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the West Palm Beach itinerary maker website.

Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in November, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can fly to Cherokee.
Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife
Side Trips

Cherokee — 1 night

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 (Thu): try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, admire the sheer force of Soco Falls, then see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and finally sample the fine beverages at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co..

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cherokee holiday planner.

Fly from West Palm Beach to Cherokee in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, Cherokee is cooler than West Palm Beach - with highs of 60°F and lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Asheville.
Casinos · Parks · Fun & Games · Museums
Side Trip

Asheville — 3 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Elijah Mountain Gem Mine (in Hendersonville). There's much more to do: do sightseeing your way with BREW-ed, admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, take in the exciting artwork at New Morning Gallery, and do a tasting at Biltmore Winery at Antler Hill Village.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Asheville online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. November in Asheville sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Banner Elk.
Tours · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Banner Elk — 2 nights

Banner Elk is a town in Avery County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, then head outdoors with Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline, and then go deep underground at Sugar Creek Gem Mine. Keep things going the next day: stop by Mast General Store, explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, then sample the tasty concoctions at Blowing Rock Brewery, and finally head outdoors with High Country UTV Tours and Zip Line.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Banner Elk attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Banner Elk takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Asheville in November: highs in Banner Elk hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
Side Trips

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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.