5 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains trip itinerary maker

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Drive
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Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
Fly

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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 22nd (Tue), explore and take pictures at Cherohala Skyway and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Unique Gift Outlet, then admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, then examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and finally try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryson City holiday planner.

Birmingham to Bryson City is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Birmingham to Bryson City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Birmingham in June, things will get a bit cooler in Bryson City: highs are around 81°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Fun & Games · Museums · Casinos

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, see the interesting displays at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence.

Plan my day in Asheville using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Bryson City to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

4.5
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.