7 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Highlands
— 1 night
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Highlands

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. On the 23rd (Fri), admire the sheer force of Silver Run Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, and then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, whizz through the canopy at Highlands Aerial Park, and then get great views at Pickens Nose.

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Washington DC to Highlands is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Washington DC in October since evenings lows in Highlands dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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Cherokee

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Waterrock Knob, then examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., and finally try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cherokee route planner.

Traveling by car from Highlands to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In October in Cherokee, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Parks · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: Grandad's Apples (in Hendersonville) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a memorable tour with Navitat Canopy Adventures - Asheville Zipline, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

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Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. In October in Asheville, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Scenic Drive

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.