7 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains trip planner

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Blowing Rock
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Asheville
— 4 nights
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
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Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Flat Top Manor, ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and then view the masterpieces at Bolick and Traditions Pottery.

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Durham to Blowing Rock is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Durham in July, with highs in Blowing Rock at 78°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
The Folk Art Center and Lexington Glassworks will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Zipline and Cradle of Forestry will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Hendersonville (Slick Rock Country Emporium & Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club) and DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Grovewood Village, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, get to know the fascinating history of Biltmore Village, and appreciate the history behind Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

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Drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in July, expect nights in Asheville to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 84°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 2 nights

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 19th (Fri): examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Oconaluftee Indian Village.

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You can drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cherokee are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

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.