29 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

29 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Asheville
— 9 nights
Drive
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Valle Crucis
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cherokee
— 4 nights
Drive
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Murphy
— 6 nights
Drive
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Highlands
— 4 nights
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Asheville — 9 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Carson House (in Marion), Catawba River Greenway (in Morganton) and Lake Lure (Zipline, Lake Lure Beach and Water Park, &more). Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, go deep underground at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Asheville attractions planning website.

Orlando to Asheville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Orlando in March; daily highs in Asheville reach 58°F and lows reach 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Valle Crucis.
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Valle Crucis — 5 nights

Valle Crucis in an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. Dutch Creek Trails has been added to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Valle Crucis: Grayson Highlands State Park (in Mouth of Wilson), Backbone Rock Waterfall (in Shady Valley) and Wautauga Lake (in Butler). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Cherokee National Forest, stop by Rivercross Made in USA, take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Hole Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Grandfather Mountain.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Valle Crucis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Valle Crucis takes 2 hours. When traveling from Asheville in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Valle Crucis: temperatures range from 50°F by day to 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cherokee: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City), Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley) and Max Patch (in Hot Springs). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, contemplate the long history of Oconaluftee Indian Village, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

Planning Cherokee trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Valle Crucis to Cherokee takes 3 hours. When traveling from Valle Crucis in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cherokee: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Murphy.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

Murphy — 6 nights

Murphy is a town in and the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Murphy side-trips: Carolina Outfitters (in Topton), Old Jail Museum (in Hayesville) and Robbinsville (Yellow Creek Falls, Santeetlah Lake, &more). Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with Big Ol' Fish Guiding Service, admire the sheer force of Fire Creek Falls, trek along Murphy River Walk, and don't miss a visit to River's Rim Studio and Gallery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Murphy route planner.

Getting from Cherokee to Murphy by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Murphy are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Highlands.
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Highlands — 4 nights

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Highlands: Franklin (Ruby City Gems & Minerals & Fishing Charters & Tours) and Sapphire (Whitewater Falls & Gorges State Park). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, and hike along Highland Excursion.

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

Getting from Murphy to Highlands by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April in Highlands, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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North Carolina Mountains travel guide

4.5
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.