8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Bryson City
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
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Bryson City — 2 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dry Falls (in Highlands) and Carolina Outfitters (in Topton). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, and try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Bryson City using our trip planner.

Lexington to Bryson City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Traveling from Lexington in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Bryson City, with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Asheville.
Outdoors · Adventure · Nature · Tours
Side Trips

Asheville — 3 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipline (in Lake Lure) and Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard). Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. There's lots more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, view the masterpieces at New Morning Gallery, and shop like a local with Lexington Glassworks.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville planner.

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

Blowing Rock — 2 nights

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): walk around Grandfather Mountain State Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, and then go deep underground at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine. Here are some ideas for day two: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then try out the rides at Tweetsie Railroad.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Asheville in June; daily highs in Blowing Rock reach 77°F and lows reach 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure
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.