6 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

6 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Banner Elk
— 2 nights
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Cherokee

— 1 night

Trails of Legends and Adventures

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 19th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Waterrock Knob and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum and then stroll around Oconaluftee Islands Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cherokee online trip itinerary maker.

Orlando to Cherokee is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Orlando in July, with highs in Cherokee at 83°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Thomas Wolfe Memorial, view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks, and then head outdoors with Tumblestone Tours and Transportation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Grovewood Village, explore the different monuments and memorials at Riverside Cemetery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Adventure Center of Asheville.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Asheville tour planner.

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Asheville are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Banner Elk.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Banner Elk

— 2 nights
Banner Elk is a town in Avery County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): do a tasting at Grandfather Vineyard & Winery and then learn about winemaking at Linville Falls Winery. Keep things going the next day: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine and then steep yourself in history at Flat Top Manor.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Banner Elk trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Banner Elk takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Asheville in July, you will find days in Banner Elk are a bit cooler (78°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Banner Elk

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.