6 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

6 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains trip planner

Make it your trip
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Drive to Austin Straubel International Airport, Fly to McGhee Tyson Airport, Drive to Bryson City
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Bryson City
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Fly to Austin Straubel International Airport, Drive to Appleton

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Bryson City

— 2 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the music at Nantahala Brewing Company Taproom, Smokehouse & Brewery. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, explore and take pictures at Newfound Gap Road, and then shop like a local with Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bryson City trip itinerary planner.

Appleton to Bryson City is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Appleton to Bryson City is 1 hour. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Appleton in December: highs in Bryson City hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Asheville is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Biltmore, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Pkwy.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. In December in Asheville, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Tours

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.