5 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Charlotte, Bus to Asheville
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cherokee
— 1 night
Fly

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Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with a short trip to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park in Chimney Rock (about 1h 5 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Biltmore, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Pkwy, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Asheville route builder site.

New Orleans to Asheville is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from New Orleans to Asheville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Asheville, with lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cherokee planning app.

Getting from Asheville to Cherokee by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November in Cherokee, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Nature · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

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.