12 days in North Carolina Mountains & Blue Ridge Highlands Itinerary

12 days in North Carolina Mountains & Blue Ridge Highlands Itinerary

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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
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Damascus
— 1 night
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Meadows of Dan
— 1 night
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Cherokee
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Asheville

Asheville ©

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: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), French Broad Adventures (in Marshall) and Sliding Rock (in Pisgah Forest). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Biltmore, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Asheville trip builder tool.

Fort Lauderdale to Asheville is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in July: high temperatures in Asheville hover around 84°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

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Garden
Biltmore
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Food Tour
Food Tours
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Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Grandfather Mountain and then take a memorable tour with Off the Grid Mountain Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blowing Rock Brewery, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take a tour by water with Wahoo's Adventures.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Blowing Rock road trip planning app.

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Asheville in August, with highs in Blowing Rock at 76°F and lows at 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Damascus.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

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Zipline
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River Rafting / Tubing
Wahoo's Adventures
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Damascus

Damascus ©
Damascus is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States. On the 6th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Whitetop Mountain, gear up at Adventure Damascus, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Damascus trip planner.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Damascus takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Blowing Rock in August, expect Damascus to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Meadows of Dan.

Things to do in Damascus

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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Meadows of Dan

Meadows of Dan ©
Offering a mix of history, nature, and bluegrass music heritage, a vacation in Meadows of Dan provides a quintessential Virginia experience.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Wood Brothers Racing Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Lovers Leap Scenic Overlook, then contemplate the long history of Mabry Mill, and finally identify plant and animal life at Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Meadows of Dan sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Damascus to Meadows of Dan in 2 hours. August in Meadows of Dan sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in Meadows of Dan

Parks · Museums · Trails · Historic Sites

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Cherokee

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.
Explore Cherokee's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City), Maggie Valley (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum & Waterrock Knob) and Carolina Outfitters (in Topton). There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at Highlands Aerial Park, stop by Unique Gift Outlet, explore and take pictures at Cherohala Skyway, and examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cherokee trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Meadows of Dan to Cherokee in 4 hours. Traveling from Meadows of Dan in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cherokee, with lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

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Specialty Museum
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
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