5 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains route planner

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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Bryson City
— 1 night
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Highlands
— 1 night
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Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
When in Asheville, make a side trip to see French Broad Adventures in Marshall, approximately Marshall away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Biltmore, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville road trip app.

Durham to Asheville is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In August, Asheville is little chillier than Durham - with highs of 82°F and lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 1 night
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, then examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bryson City travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Bryson City are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Highlands.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Casinos · Adventure · Museums

Side Trip

Highlands

— 1 night
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 31st (Mon), whizz through the canopy at Highlands Aerial Park, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Highlands journey planning site.

Drive from Bryson City to Highlands in 1.5 hours. In August in Highlands, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

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.