4 days in Cary, Asheville & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

4 days in Cary, Asheville & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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4 days in Cary, Asheville & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

Start: Durham
Drive:  30​min
1
Cary
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Asheville
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Durham

1
day
Cary

Cary ©
Cary is the seventh-largest municipality in North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stroll around Downtown Park, then take a stroll through North Hills, and then view the masterpieces at Artspace.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cary online travel planner .

Durham to Cary is an approximately half hour car ride. November in Cary sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Cary

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

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Raleigh
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North Hills ©
North Hills
Artspace ©
Artspace
Downtown Park ©
Downtown Park

1
night
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Biltmore, then view the masterpieces at St.Claire Art, then view the masterpieces at New Morning Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Cary to Asheville in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Historic Sites Wineries
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
New Morning Gallery ©
New Morning Gallery
Lexington Glassworks ©
Lexington Glassworks

2
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, trek along Metcalf Bottoms Trail, and then admire all the interesting features of Cades Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and then take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park online trip builder .

Traveling by bus from Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 2.5 hours. In November in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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