5 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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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.
Get outdoors at The North Carolina Arboretum and DuPont State Recreational Forest. Attractions like Miller's Land of Waterfall Tours and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm (in Hendersonville), Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard) and Lake Lure (Zipline & The Gem Mine). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Looking Glass Falls.

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Philadelphia to Asheville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cashiers.
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Cashiers — 1 night

Cashiers is a census-designated place and unincorporated village located in southern Jackson County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Glenville Scenic Waterfall Cruises.

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You can drive from Asheville to Cashiers in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.
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Bryson City — 1 night

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 14th (Fri), hike along Goldmine Loop Trail, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Swain County Heritage Museum.

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You can drive from Cashiers to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In April in Bryson City, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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.