8 days in Greensboro & Winston-Salem & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

8 days in Greensboro & Winston-Salem & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip itinerary planner

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Winston Salem
— 1 night
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Boone
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
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Black Mountain
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Winston Salem

— 1 night
Winston-Salem is a city in and the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, then engage your brain at Greensboro Science Center, and then see the interesting displays at International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at North Carolina Zoo.

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Durham to Winston Salem is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Winston Salem sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Boone.

Things to do in Winston Salem

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Boone

— 2 nights
Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. On the 25th (Sun), stroll through Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, go deep underground at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on High Mountain Expeditions, then take in the exciting artwork at Bolick and Traditions Pottery, then identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Otter Falls.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Boone attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Winston Salem to Boone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Winston Salem in July, with highs in Boone at 78°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Boone

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 27th (Tue), explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Pkwy and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Asheville visit website.

Traveling by car from Boone to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Boone in July, expect nights in Asheville to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 84°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Adventure

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 29th (Thu): get outside with Carolina Outfitters, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get outside with Nantahala on the Fly. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cherokee trip planner.

Drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In July in Cherokee, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Black Mountain.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Black Mountain

Black Mountain is a town in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Black Mountain driving holiday planner.

Getting from Cherokee to Black Mountain by car takes about 1.5 hours. July in Black Mountain sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. On the 30th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Black Mountain

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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.