35 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

35 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Charlotte, Bus to Boone
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Boone
— 7 nights
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Asheville
— 13 nights
Drive
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Cherokee
— 5 nights
Drive
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Murphy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Highlands
— 4 nights
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Boone

— 7 nights
Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. Explore Boone's surroundings by going to Linville Gorge (in Linville Falls), Linville Caverns (in Marion) and Linville (Rough Ridge Lookout & Grandfather Mountain). Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with Vx3 Trail Rides, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, and admire the majestic nature at Julian Price Memorial Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Boone online tour itinerary planner.

New York City to Boone is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in August: high temperatures in Boone hover around 76°F and lows are around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Boone

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Asheville

— 13 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Hendersonville (Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, Grandad's Apples, &more), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Pisgah Forest (Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Biltmore, take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum, get a taste of the local shopping with New Morning Gallery, and browse the collection at The Folk Art Center.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Asheville travel planning website.

You can drive from Boone to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Boone, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 5 nights

Trails of Legends and Adventures

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cherokee side-trips: Maggie Valley (Waterrock Knob & Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum), Bryson City (Nantahala Gorge Ruby Mine, River Rafting & Tubing, &more) and Max Patch (in Hot Springs). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, take an in-depth tour of Swain County Heritage Museum, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and explore the world behind art at Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Murphy.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Murphy

— 5 nights
Murphy is a town in and the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Murphy: Andrews (RidgeRunner Ziplines & Calaboose Cellars), Robbinsville (Wehrloom Honey, Deals Gap, &more) and Carolina Outfitters (in Topton). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Apalachia Lake Tours, don't miss a visit to Clay's Corner, relax in the rural setting at Walnut Hollow Ranch, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black & White Market.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Murphy tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Murphy takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Murphy can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Murphy

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Highlands

— 4 nights
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Explore Highlands' surroundings by going to Franklin (Bartram Trail, Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, &more), Whitewater Falls (in Sapphire) and Primitive Outback (in Otto). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, stop by Cashiers Farmers Market, and whizz through the canopy at Highlands Aerial Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Highlands attractions tool.

Drive from Murphy to Highlands in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Highlands can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

4.5
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.