15 days in North Carolina Mountains & Atlanta Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Mountains & Atlanta Itinerary

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Highlands
— 1 night
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Cherokee
— 4 nights
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Asheville
— 4 nights
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Boone
— 2 nights
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Atlanta
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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 28th (Sat), tee off at Old Edwards Club and then take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Highlands trip itinerary site.

Orlando to Highlands is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. When traveling from Orlando in May, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Highlands: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Cherokee.
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Cherokee — 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cherokee side-trips: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Clingmans Dome, Alum Cave Trail, &more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road.

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You can drive from Highlands to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Asheville.
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Asheville — 4 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Chimneys Picnic Area & Roaring Fork), River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain). There's lots more to do: cool off at Dollywood, get a taste of the local shopping with Lexington Glassworks, surround yourself with nature on Miller's Land of Waterfall Tours, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read Asheville road trip planner.

Getting from Cherokee to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Asheville are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Boone.
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Boone — 2 nights

Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. On the 7th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Linville Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Rough Ridge Lookout, and then take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then trek along Bass Lake.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Boone online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Boone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in June, things will get little chillier in Boone: highs are around 77°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can fly to Atlanta.
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Atlanta — 3 nights

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Go for a jaunt from Atlanta to Lula to see North Georgia Canopy Tours about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Georgia Aquarium, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at World of Coca-Cola.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Atlanta trip planning website.

Fly from Boone to Atlanta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, Atlanta is a bit warmer than Boone - with highs of 87°F and lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to fly 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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