4 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

4 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Fly to Knoxville, Drive to Marshall
— 1 day
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Drive to Knoxville, Fly to Minneapolis



Marshall is a town in Madison County, North Carolina, United States. On the 9th (Wed), take a tour by water with French Broad Adventures.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Marshall holiday planner.

Minneapolis to Marshall is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Marshall. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Highlands.

Things to do in Marshall

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
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Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Glen Falls, then take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and finally identify plant and animal life at Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Highlands trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Marshall to Highlands takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get outside with Carolina Outfitters, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., then take in the dramatic scenery at Soco Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Waterrock Knob, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cherokee journey planner.

Traveling by car from Highlands to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Cherokee can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Nature · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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.