8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 4 nights
Bus to Charlotte, Fly to Toronto

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Cherokee

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cherokee: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City), Dry Falls (in Highlands) and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, take a memorable tour with Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, stop by Dillsboro Chocolate Factory, and try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cherokee trip planning tool.

Toronto, Canada to Cherokee is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Toronto in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cherokee: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Tours · Museums · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Go for a jaunt from Asheville to Chimney Rock to see Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Biltmore, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Western North Carolina Nature Center, stop by Asheville Bee Charmer, and see the interesting displays at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild).

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Asheville online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.