4 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

4 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains route planner

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Cherokee
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Hendersonville
— 2 nights
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Boone
— 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cherokee online trip itinerary builder.

Lexington to Cherokee is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Traveling from Lexington in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cherokee, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hendersonville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Hendersonville

— 2 nights
Hendersonville is a city in Henderson County, North Carolina United States. On the 12th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then snap pictures at Lake Lure Flowering Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at DuPont State Recreational Forest, then take in the dramatic scenery at Sliding Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Looking Glass Falls.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hendersonville trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cherokee to Hendersonville in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Hendersonville can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Boone.

Things to do in Hendersonville

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Boone

— 1 night
Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. On the 14th (Tue), go deep underground at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Boone day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Hendersonville to Boone in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hendersonville in July: highs in Boone hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Boone

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

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.