7 days in North Carolina Mountains, Salisbury & Hickory Itinerary

7 days in North Carolina Mountains, Salisbury & Hickory Itinerary

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Asheville
— 1 night
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Salisbury
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hickory
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cherokee
— 1 night
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Asheville

— 1 night

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 5th (Fri): look for gifts at New Morning Gallery.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville trip maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Asheville. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in March, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Salisbury.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Salisbury

— 2 nights
Salisbury is a city in North Carolina and the county seat of Rowan County, North Carolina, United States. On the 7th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tanglewood Park, then contemplate the long history of Old Salem Museums & Gardens, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Salem God's Acre Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Historic National Cemetery and Confederate Prison Site, then find something for the whole family at Dan Nicholas Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Lazy 5 Ranch.

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You can drive from Asheville to Salisbury in 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Salisbury can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hickory.

Things to do in Salisbury

Historic Sites · Parks · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hickory

— 2 nights
Hickory is a city located primarily in Catawba County, North Carolina, with parts in adjoining Burke and Caldwell counties. On the 9th (Tue), walk around T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, then identify plant and animal life at Catawba River Greenway, then admire the masterpieces at Hickory Museum of Art, and finally steep yourself in history at Maple Grove. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Hickory Furniture Mart, then expand your understanding of the military at Fort Dobbs, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Southern Distilling Company.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hickory journey planner.

Traveling by car from Salisbury to Hickory takes 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in Hickory

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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 11th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Oconaluftee Indian Village, steep yourself in history at Mingus Mill, then admire all the interesting features of Newfound Gap Road, and finally appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cherokee tour planner.

You can drive from Hickory to Cherokee in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Hickory in March, Cherokee is a bit cooler at night with lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums

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.