3 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

3 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains attractions planner

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Asheville
— Few hours
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Bryson City
— Few hours
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Franklin
— 1 night
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Cashiers
— 1 night
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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville travel planner.

Mooresville to Asheville is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Asheville, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 59°F at night. On the 5th (Sat), you're off to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

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Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Juney Whank Falls has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Juney Whank Falls.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bryson City day trip website.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Bryson City, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Franklin.

Things to do in Bryson City

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Franklin

Franklin is a town in Franklin Township, Macon County, North Carolina, United States, within the Nantahala National Forest. On the 5th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Bust Your Butt Falls.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Franklin day trip tool.

Getting from Bryson City to Franklin by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In September, daytime highs in Franklin are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. On the 6th (Sun), you'll travel to Cashiers.

Things to do in Franklin

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Cashiers

Cashiers is a census-designated place and unincorporated village located in southern Jackson County, North Carolina. Your list of things to see and do now includes Glen Falls, Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, Panthertown Valley, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Panthertown Valley, then admire the sheer force of Silver Run Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Glen Falls.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cashiers trip planner.

Traveling by car from Franklin to Cashiers takes an hour. In September in Cashiers, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cashiers

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

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North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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Historic Sites · 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.