6 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

6 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Robbinsville
— 1 night
Drive
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Franklin
— 2 nights
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Asheville — 2 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Step out of Asheville to go to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and see Clingmans Dome, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and stop by New Morning Gallery.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the Asheville online trip builder.

Tampa to Asheville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tampa, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Asheville, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Robbinsville.
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Robbinsville — 1 night

Robbinsville is a town in Graham County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Santeetlah Lake.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Robbinsville online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Robbinsville takes 2 hours. April in Robbinsville sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Franklin.
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Franklin — 2 nights

Franklin is a town in Franklin Township, Macon County, North Carolina, United States, within the Nantahala National Forest. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Anna Ruby Falls and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Franklin online travel planner.

Getting from Robbinsville to Franklin by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Franklin are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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History Museums · 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.
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