5 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Hendersonville
— 1 night
Drive
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive
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Boone
— 1 night
Drive

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Hendersonville

Hendersonville is a city in Henderson County, North Carolina United States. On the 13th (Mon), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, go deep underground at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, then have some family-friendly fun at Pisgah Forest Gem Mine, then admire the sheer force of Sliding Rock, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hendersonville road trip planner.

Wilmington to Hendersonville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Wilmington in July, things will get little chillier in Hendersonville: highs are around 84°F and lows about 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Hendersonville

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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nights
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.
On the 15th (Wed), get outside with Carolina Outfitters, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cherokee tour app.

You can drive from Hendersonville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Boone.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trips

1
night
Boone

Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stop by Mast General Store and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find out how to plan a trip to Boone, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Boone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Cherokee in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Boone: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 61°F at night. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Boone

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

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.