7 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains tour planner

Make it your trip
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Sapphire
— 1 night
Drive
2
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Bryson City
— 3 nights
Fly

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Sapphire

— 1 night
Sapphire is an unincorporated community in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Whitewater Falls, then surround yourself with nature on Miller's Land of Waterfall Tours, and then immerse yourself in nature at Gorges State Park.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Sapphire tour itinerary planner.

Louisville to Sapphire is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. June in Sapphire sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Sapphire

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks, then browse the exhibits of Grovewood Village, then stroll the grounds of Riverside Cemetery, and finally take a stroll through Asheville Drum Circle. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Blue Spiral 1, then stop by Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar, and then surround yourself with nature on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville road trip site.

Traveling by car from Sapphire to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Asheville are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Bryson City

— 3 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Get some cultural insight at Mountain Farm Museum and Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual. Escape the urban bustle at Carolina Outfitters and River Rafting & Tubing. Go for a jaunt from Bryson City to Franklin to see Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, walk around Oconaluftee Islands Park, and take an in-depth tour of Swain County Heritage Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bryson City visit planning website.

Drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

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.