8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Cherokee
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 4 nights
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Banner Elk
— 2 nights

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Cherokee

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, then look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and then test your problem-solving skills at 828 Escape Room.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cherokee journey site.

Miami to Cherokee is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Miami in December, things will get colder in Cherokee: highs are around 54°F and lows about 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Fun & Games · Casinos · Nature · Outdoors

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River Rafting & Tubing
Unique Gift Outlet ©
Unique Gift Outlet
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum ©
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum

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Asheville

Asheville ©

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Hendersonville (Bearwallow Mountain, Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, &more) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, examine the collection at Asheville Pinball Museum, get lost in a book at The Folk Art Center, and do a tasting at Biltmore Winery at Antler Hill Village.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Asheville trip planner.

You can drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in December, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Banner Elk.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Tours · Museums · Wineries

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The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum
Food Tours
BREW-ed ©
BREW-ed

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Banner Elk

Banner Elk ©
Banner Elk is a town in Avery County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, take a memorable tour with Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bobby McLean Memorial Park, and finally stop by Mast General Store. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, then take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, and then see Off the Grid Mountain Adventures.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Banner Elk trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Asheville to Banner Elk in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Asheville, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Banner Elk, ranging from highs of 48°F to lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Banner Elk

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline ©
Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Mast General Store ©
Mast General Store

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