13 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

13 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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13 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
1
Chimney Rock
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
2
Lake Lure
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Saluda
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canton
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Hendersonville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Old Fort
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Saint Louis

1
night
Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock ©
Chimney Rock is a village in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. On the 26th (Fri), take in panoramic vistas at Chimney Rock State Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chimney Rock trip itinerary maker site .

Saint Louis to Chimney Rock is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Lake Lure.

Things to do in Chimney Rock

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Biltmore
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore

2
nights
Lake Lure

Lake Lure ©
Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Lure Flowering Bridge. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Lake James State Park and then take in the views from Lake Lure Flowering Bridge. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Overmountain Vineyards and then steep yourself in history at Green River Plantation.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake Lure online tour planner .

Lake Lure is very close to Chimney Rock. In October, daytime highs in Lake Lure are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Saluda.

Things to do in Lake Lure

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Lake James State Park, Green River Plantation, Overmountain Vineyards
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Lake James State Park ©
Lake James State Park
Green River Plantation ©
Green River Plantation
Lake Lure Flowering Bridge ©
Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

2
nights
Saluda

Saluda ©
The City of Saluda is located in both Henderson and Polk counties in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Gorge Zipline Canopy Tour. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): experience rural life at Sky Top Orchard. Here are some ideas for day two: kick your exploration up a notch at The Gorge Zipline Canopy Tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Saluda trip planner .

Drive from Lake Lure to Saluda in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Canton.

Things to do in Saluda

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Sky Top Orchard
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The Gorge Zipline Canopy Tour ©
The Gorge Zipline Canopy Tour
Sky Top Orchard ©
Sky Top Orchard

1
night
Canton

Canton ©
Canton is the second largest town in Haywood County, North Carolina, United States. On the 1st (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Somesvara Temple and then cruise along Blueridge Parkway.

Plan my day in Canton using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Saluda to Canton by car takes about an hour. In October, daytime highs in Canton are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Canton

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Parkway, Sri Somesvara Temple
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Blue Ridge Parkway ©
Blue Ridge Parkway

1
night
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock ©
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. On the 2nd (Fri), look for gifts at Mast General Store and then identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Blowing Rock online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Canton to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. While traveling from Canton, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Blowing Rock, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Hendersonville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Grandfather Mountain, Mast General Store
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Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
Mast General Store ©
Mast General Store

3
nights
Hendersonville

Hendersonville ©
Hendersonville is a city in Henderson County, North Carolina United States. You've now added Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel and then learn about winemaking at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hendersonville day trip app .

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Hendersonville takes 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Blowing Rock in November: highs in Hendersonville hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 36°F. On the 5th (Mon), you're off toOld Fort.

Things to do in Hendersonville

Wineries Historic Sites Breweries

Side Trips

Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
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Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards ©
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel ©
Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel

1
night
Old Fort

Old Fort ©
Old Fort is a town in McDowell County, North Carolina, United States. You've now added Catawba Falls to your itinerary.

Discover how to plan a Old Fort trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Hendersonville to Old Fort by car takes about an hour. In November in Old Fort, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Old Fort

Parks Nature
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Catawba Falls ©
Catawba Falls

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