15 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

15 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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15 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly + bus:  7​h
1
Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Montreat
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Asheville
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Bryson City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Highlands
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Pittsburgh

2
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock ©
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Linville Falls as well as Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. On the 18th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Linville Falls and then see the interesting displays at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, then learn about winemaking at Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, and then explore the striking landscape at Linville Gorge.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Blowing Rock holiday app .

Pittsburgh to Blowing Rock is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Blowing Rock when traveling from Pittsburgh in October, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Montreat.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Stone Mountain State Park, Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, Linville Gorge
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Linville Gorge ©
Linville Gorge
Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery ©
Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery
Stone Mountain State Park ©
Stone Mountain State Park

1
night
Montreat

Montreat ©
Montreat is a town in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blue Ridge Pkwy. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the sheer force of Catawba Falls and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

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

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Montreat in 2 hours. While traveling from Blowing Rock, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Montreat, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Montreat

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trips

Catawba Falls, Blue Ridge Pkwy
Highlights from your plan
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Catawba Falls ©
Catawba Falls

5
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get a sense of the local culture at New Morning Gallery and Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards. Appreciate the collections at Blue Spiral 1 and Mineral & Lapidary Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: Cradle of Forestry (in Pisgah Forest), River Rafting & Tubing (in Hot Springs) and Hendersonville (Grandad's Apples, Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO, & more). There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company, identify plant and animal life at Pearson's Falls and Glen, take a stroll through Asheville Drum Circle, and stroll the grounds of Riverside Cemetery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Asheville attractions planner.

Asheville is just a stone's throw from Montreat. In October, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hendersonville, Cradle of Forestry, River Rafting & Tubing, Pearson's Falls and Glen, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards ©
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
Pearson's Falls and Glen ©
Pearson's Falls and Glen
New Morning Gallery ©
New Morning Gallery

4
nights
Bryson City

Bryson City
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Let the collections at Mountain Farm Museum and Dogwood Crafters capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Max Patch and Fields of the Wood. Change things up with these side-trips from Bryson City: Maggie Valley (Waterrock Knob & Soco Falls) and Murphy River Walk (in Murphy). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, get engrossed in the history at Swain County Heritage Museum, shop like a local with Pincu Pottery, and identify plant and animal life at Cooper Creek Trout Farm & Pond.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bryson City route planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In October in Bryson City, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Murphy, Maggie Valley, Max Patch, Mountain Farm Museum, Dogwood Crafters
Highlights from your plan
Waterrock Knob
Waterrock Knob
Max Patch ©
Max Patch
Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum

2
nights
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, then stroll around Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Glen Falls. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Gorges State Park and then admire the sheer force of Whitewater Falls.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Highlands trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Highlands takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Highlands are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sapphire, Whiteside Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Whitewater Falls ©
Whitewater Falls
Gorges State Park ©
Gorges State Park

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