4 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

4 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Valle Crucis
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Bryson City
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Lake Lure
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Valle Crucis

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Valle Crucis in an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. You've now added Dutch Creek Trails to your itinerary. On the 26th (Thu), delve into the lush surroundings at Cherokee National Forest and then admire the majestic nature at Grayson Highlands State Park. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with Dutch Creek Trails, then stroll around The Valle Crucis Community Park, and then take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Valle Crucis trip planner.

Durham to Valle Crucis is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durham in August: high temperatures in Valle Crucis hover around 76°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bryson City.

Things to do in Valle Crucis

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 1 night
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians at Bryson City, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then head outdoors with Nantahala on the Fly.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bryson City road trip planning app.

Drive from Valle Crucis to Bryson City in 3 hours. When traveling from Valle Crucis in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bryson City: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Lure.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Adventure · Museums · Tours

Lake Lure

— 1 night
Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. On the 29th (Sun), play a few rounds at Bald Mountain Golf Course, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then snap pictures at Lake Lure Flowering Bridge.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lake Lure road trip website.

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Lake Lure takes 2 hours. In August in Lake Lure, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Lake Lure

Outdoors · Golf · Adventure · Tours

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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History Museums · 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.