5 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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5 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  5​h
1
Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Linville
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
Cherokee

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 4th (Wed), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cherokee road trip planning website .

New York City to Cherokee is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Cherokee, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Visit Biltmore Estate and Basilica of Saint Lawrence for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: River Rafting & Tubing (in Marshall), Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards (in Hendersonville). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Blueridge Parkway, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, and view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Linville.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Blue Ridge Parkway
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Blue Ridge Parkway ©
Blue Ridge Parkway
Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards ©
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

1
night
Linville

Linville ©
Linville is a community centered just south of the US 221 and NC 105 intersection in Avery County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and then take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Linville trip planner .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Linville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Asheville in April: highs in Linville hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Linville

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
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Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

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