7 days in Northern Virginia & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

7 days in Northern Virginia & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Alexandria
— 1 night
Fly
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Lake Lure
— 2 nights
Drive
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Barnardsville
— 1 night
Drive
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Rosman
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryson City
— 1 night
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Alexandria

— 1 night
Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, then stop by The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Alexandria, and finally take a stroll through Old Town. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Stonewall Golf Club, tee off at Heritage Hunt Golf Course, and then tee off at Westfields Golf Club.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Alexandria trip itinerary builder app.

Durham to Alexandria is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly to Lake Lure.

Things to do in Alexandria

Golf · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lake Lure

— 2 nights
Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. On the 10th (Mon), play a few rounds at Bald Mountain Golf Course, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then go deep underground at The Gem Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Tryon Horse Country Tours, then take a peaceful walk through Pearson's Falls and Glen, and then stroll through Lake Lure Beach and Water Park.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lake Lure online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Alexandria to Lake Lure in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Alexandria in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Lake Lure, with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Barnardsville.

Things to do in Lake Lure

Outdoors · Golf · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Barnardsville

— 1 night
Barnardsville is an unincorporated community in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States.Located on Ivy Creek, the settlement is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area.HistoryBarnard's Inn was established at the settlement by Hezekiah and Hester Barnard in the early 1800s.A post office was established in 1875.Barnardsville incorporated in 1959, and established its own police force and fire department. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at Navitat Canopy Adventures - Asheville Zipline and then take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Barnardsville online day trip planner.

Getting from Lake Lure to Barnardsville by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Barnardsville sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rosman.

Things to do in Barnardsville

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Rosman

— 1 night
Rosman is a town in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on Miller's Land of Waterfall Tours and then let the river carry you with Headwaters Outfitters Outdoor Adventures.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rosman vacation planner.

You can drive from Barnardsville to Rosman in 1.5 hours. In August in Rosman, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Rosman

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Adventure

Bryson City

— 1 night
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at Fusions Spa, play a few rounds at Sequoyah National Golf Club, then look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Bryson City trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Rosman to Bryson City by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Rosman in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Bryson City, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Adventure · Golf · Tours

Side Trips

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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History Museums · 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.