7 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Bryson City
— 3 nights
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Maggie Valley
— 1 night
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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Visiting French Broad Adventures and The North Carolina Arboretum will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Biltmore and Basilica of Saint Lawrence. Go for a jaunt from Asheville to Hendersonville to see Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn the secrets of beer at BREW-ed, explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Pkwy, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Asheville trip planner.

Cincinnati to Asheville is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Get outdoors at Mount LeConte and Walker Sisters' Cabin. Get some historical perspective at Little Greenbrier School and Oconaluftee Indian Village. Venture out of the city with trips to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Grotto Falls Parking, Clingmans Dome, &more). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and stop by Unique Gift Outlet.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bryson City trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Bryson City are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Maggie Valley.

Things to do in Bryson City

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley is a town in Haywood County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): stop by Maggie Valley Rock Shop and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co..

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Maggie Valley trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Bryson City to Maggie Valley in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Maggie Valley, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Maggie Valley

Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

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.