32 days in Asheville & The Foothills Itinerary

32 days in Asheville & The Foothills Itinerary

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Asheville
— 23 nights
Drive
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Sapphire
— 2 nights
Drive
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Little Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lenoir
— 4 nights
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Asheville — 23 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Head to River Arts District and Woolworth Walkfor some retail therapy. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Lexington Glassworks. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Pisgah Forest (Looking Glass Rock, Looking Glass Falls, &more), Lake Lure (Lake Lure & Zipline) and Chimney Rock (Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park & Hickory Nut Falls Trail). The adventure continues: learn the secrets of beer at BREW-ed, see the interesting displays at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Western North Carolina Nature Center.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Asheville trip maker site.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Asheville. September in Asheville sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sapphire.
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Sapphire — 2 nights

Sapphire is an unincorporated community in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Gorges State Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at Whitewater Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Devil's Courthouse and then surround yourself with nature on Miller's Land of Waterfall Tours.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapphire online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Sapphire takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Sapphire, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Little Switzerland.
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Little Switzerland — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): go deep underground at Emerald Village and then explore the striking landscape of Pisgah National Forest. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Lake James State Park and then explore the stunning scenery at Linville Gorge.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Little Switzerland journey app.

Traveling by car from Sapphire to Little Switzerland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Little Switzerland, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lenoir.
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Lenoir — 4 nights

Lenoir is a city in Caldwell County, North Carolina, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Wilson Creek and Linville Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Catawba River Greenway and Thermal Valley. Change things up with these side-trips from Lenoir: Morganton (Silver Fork Winery & Catawba Meadows Park) and Marion (Linville Caverns & English Farmstead Cheese).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lenoir tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Little Switzerland to Lenoir takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Lenoir are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.
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