3 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

3 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Hot Springs
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Sapphire
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Hot Springs

— 1 day
Hot Springs is a town in Madison County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, identify plant and animal life at Hot Springs Tour Co., and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Max Patch.

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Durham to Hot Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Durham in April, Hot Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sapphire.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Sapphire

— 2 nights
Sapphire is an unincorporated community in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Gorges State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Miller's Land of Waterfall Tours, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Whitewater Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cullasaja Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sapphire visit website.

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Sapphire takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapphire

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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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.