29 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

29 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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29 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Drive:  2​h
1
Blowing Rock
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Asheville
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cherokee
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Murphy
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Highlands
— 4 nights
Drive + Bus:  3​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

5
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blowing Rock: Linville Gorge (in Linville Falls), Bobby McLean Memorial Park (in Newland) and Linville Caverns (in Marion). There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get in on the family fun at Tweetsie Railroad, ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and go deep underground at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock day trip website .

Charlotte to Blowing Rock is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Charlotte in August: high temperatures in Blowing Rock hover around 76°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Boone, Linville Gorge, Cascades Falls, Bobby McLean Memorial Park, Grandfather Vineyard & Winery
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Zipline
Julian Price Memorial Park ©
Julian Price Memorial Park
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

9
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipline (in Lake Lure), Pisgah Forest (Sliding Rock, Looking Glass Falls, & more) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). There's much more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get interesting insight from Tours, sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Asheville online journey planner .

Getting from Blowing Rock to Asheville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Blowing Rock in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pisgah Forest, Hendersonville, Black Mountain, Zipline, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
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Zipline
Room Escape Games
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

5
nights
Cherokee

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cherokee: Maggie Valley (Waterrock Knob & Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum) and Max Patch (in Hot Springs). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, walk around Oconaluftee Islands Park, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and cruise along Cherohala Skyway.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cherokee trip planner .

Drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Murphy.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, Bryson City, Max Patch, Cherohala Skyway
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

5
nights
Murphy

Murphy ©
Murphy is a town in and the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Santeetlah Lake (in Robbinsville), Hayesville (Chatuge Dam Trail, Old Jail Museum, & more) and Topton (Lakes End Marina & Carolina Outfitters). Next up on the itinerary: hit the bull's-eye at WagonMaster Ranch Fun Park & Gem Mine, wander the wide-open spaces of Two Crows Farm, browse for treasures at Marketplace Antiques, and try for a hole-in-one at Bear Creek Adventures Mini Golf and Gem Mining.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Murphy trip planner .

You can drive from Cherokee to Murphy in 1.5 hours. In August in Murphy, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Murphy

Outdoors Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Hayesville, Topton, Andrews, Santeetlah Lake
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Santeetlah Lake ©
Santeetlah Lake
WagonMaster Adventure Ranch ©
WagonMaster Adventure Ranch
Fields of the Wood ©
Fields of the Wood

4
nights
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Highlands: Franklin (Old Cardinal Gem Mine, Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, & more) and Sapphire (Whitewater Falls & Gorges State Park). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls and take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Highlands trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Murphy to Highlands in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Highlands are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Franklin, Sapphire, Silver Run Falls, Whiteside Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

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