33 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

33 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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33 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Murphy
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Highlands
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cherokee
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Asheville
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Blowing Rock
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Kansas City

5
nights
Murphy

Murphy ©
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: Hayesville (Old Jail Museum, The Ridges Golf Club, & more), Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Robbinsville (Wehrloom Honey, Stoney Hollow Farm, & more). There's lots more to do: wander the wide-open spaces of Two Crows Farm, don't miss a visit to Fields of the Wood, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Andrews Brewing Company, and look for gifts at Black & White Market.

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Kansas City to Murphy is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Kansas City in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Murphy, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Murphy

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hayesville, Robbinsville, Andrews Brewing Company, Carolina Outfitters
Highlights from your plan
Santeetlah Lake ©
Santeetlah Lake
Fields of the Wood ©
Fields of the Wood
Black & White Market ©
Black & White Market

5
nights
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Highlands: Pisgah Forest (Courthouse Falls & Devil's Courthouse), Sapphire (Gorges State Park & Whitewater Falls) and Southern Highlands Reserve (in Lake Toxaway). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Whiteside Mountain, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and stroll through Bartram Trail.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Highlands day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Murphy to Highlands in 1.5 hours. October in Highlands sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sapphire, Cashiers, Franklin, Pisgah Forest, Whiteside Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain

6
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 (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum & Waterrock Knob), Max Patch (in Hot Springs) and Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese (in Robbinsville). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, walk around Oconaluftee Islands Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cherokee journey builder tool .

Drive from Highlands to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

10
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Lake Lure (Lake Lure Flowering Bridge & Zipline), Velo Girl Rides (in Black Mountain) and Parker-Binns Vineyard (in Mill Spring). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Biltmore, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Grovewood Village, and see the interesting displays at Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Asheville sightseeing planning site .

Drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hendersonville, Lake Lure, Black Mountain, Pisgah Forest, WNC Military History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

6
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Blowing Rock side-trips: Newland (Bobby McLean Memorial Park & Linville Falls Winery), Linville Gorge (in Linville Falls) and Hawksbill Mountain Trail (in Linville). And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, go deep underground at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, learn about winemaking at Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, and take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Blowing Rock trip planner .

You can drive from Asheville to Blowing Rock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in November, expect nights in Blowing Rock to be about the same, around 32°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Linville, Boone, Newland, Linville Gorge, Cascades Falls
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Julian Price Memorial Park ©
Julian Price Memorial Park

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