44 days in United States Itinerary

44 days in United States Itinerary

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44 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Asheville
1
Asheville
— 29 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Bryson City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Hot Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Lake Lure
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mars Hill
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Rosman
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Asheville

29
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The Crow & Quill, Jack of the Wood, One World Brewing, and other attractions. Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Dollywood. Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: Pigeon Forge (Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, The Island in Pigeon Forge, & more), Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Chimneys Picnic Area, Mount LeConte, & more) and Gatlinburg (Sugarlands Distilling Company, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, & more). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Biltmore, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Pkwy, and look for gifts at New Morning Gallery.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip itinerary planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Asheville. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Carolina Outfitters
Highlights from your plan
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes River Rafting & Tubing. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then stop by Bryson City Outdoors, and finally admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of Cherohala Skyway, see the interesting displays at Fly fishing Museum of The Southern Appalachians, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then take an in-depth tour of Swain County Heritage Museum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Nantahala Brewing Company.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bryson City trip planner.

Drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Bryson City are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trips

Cherokee, Cherohala Skyway
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Bryson City Outdoors ©
Bryson City Outdoors
Cherohala Skyway ©
Cherohala Skyway

3
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a town in Madison County, North Carolina, United States. French Broad Adventures has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Carver Orchards & Farm Market, then don't miss a visit to Popcorn Sutton Distillary, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Brights Zoo, and finally walk around Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Warriors' Path State Park, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, and then hike along Max Patch.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hot Springs trip maker .

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Hot Springs takes 2 hours. In October in Hot Springs, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Lake Lure.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kingsport, Popcorn Sutton Distillary, Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, French Broad Adventures, Carver Orchards & Farm Market
Highlights from your plan
Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium ©
French Broad Adventures ©
French Broad Adventures
Brights Zoo ©
Brights Zoo

4
nights
Lake Lure

Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. Zipline has been added to your itinerary. Attractions like Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard and Lake Lure Beach and Water Park make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Lake Lure: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock), Burntshirt Vineyards (in Hendersonville) and Spartanburg (Hollywild Animal Park & Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, take in the history at Cowpens National Battlefield, take in the views from Campbell's Covered Bridge, and see the interesting displays at The Right Track Toy Train Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake Lure road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Hot Springs to Lake Lure in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mars Hill.

Things to do in Lake Lure

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hendersonville, Spartanburg, Kings Mountain National Military Park, Pearson's Falls and Glen, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard ©
Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard
Hollywild Animal Park ©
Hollywild Animal Park

2
nights
Mars Hill

Mars Hill ©
Mars Hill is a town in Madison County, North Carolina, United States. Navitat Canopy Adventures - Asheville Zipline has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Pisgah National Forest, then whizz through the canopy at Navitat Canopy Adventures - Asheville Zipline, and then look for gifts at Echoview Fiber Mill.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mars Hill journey planner .

You can drive from Lake Lure to Mars Hill in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Rosman.

Things to do in Mars Hill

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Navitat Canopy Adventures - Asheville Zipline, Pisgah National Forest, Echoview Fiber Mill, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest
River Rafting & Tubing
Echoview Fiber Mill ©
Echoview Fiber Mill

3
nights
Rosman

Rosman
Rosman is a town in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States. Headwaters Outfitters Outdoor Adventures has been added to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Rosman side-trips: Cleveland (Bald Rock Heritage Preserve & Wildcat Wayside Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Twin Falls/Eastatoe Falls, admire the majestic nature at Caesars Head State Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Jocassee.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rosman trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Mars Hill to Rosman in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Rosman can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Rosman

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cleveland, Table Rock State Park, Gorges State Park, Twin Falls/Eastatoe Falls, Lake Jocassee
Highlights from your plan
Caesars Head State Park
Caesars Head State Park
Lake Jocassee ©
Lake Jocassee

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