5 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Highlands
— 1 night
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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.
Bring the kids along to Food Tours and Blue Ridge Pkwy. Venture out of the city with trips to Zipline (in Lake Lure), Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard (in Hendersonville) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, view the masterpieces at Dogwood Crafters, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Durham to Asheville is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Durham in October since evenings lows in Asheville dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Highlands.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlands

— 1 night
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at Highlands Aerial Park, then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, and then take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Highlands road trip planning site.

You can drive from Asheville to Highlands in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Highlands are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

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.