4 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

4 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Cherokee
— 2 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
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Cherokee

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mountain Farm Museum and Waterrock Knob. Kids will enjoy Oconaluftee Islands Park and Bryson City Outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Franklin (Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine & Rose Creek Mine). There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co..

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cherokee road trip planner.

Washington DC to Cherokee is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Washington DC in July, things will get little chillier in Cherokee: highs are around 83°F and lows about 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine, and then go deep underground at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock trip tool.

You can drive from Cherokee to Blowing Rock in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Cherokee in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Blowing Rock: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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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.