8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains trip planner

Make it your trip
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Boone
— 2 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cherokee: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City), Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley) and Dry Falls (in Highlands). There's lots more to do: try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, and take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cherokee travel planner.

Orlando to Cherokee is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Orlando in June, things will get little chillier in Cherokee: highs are around 81°F and lows about 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

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: Zipline (in Lake Lure) and Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard). Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. The adventure continues: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and look for gifts at New Morning Gallery.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Asheville online trip planner.

Drive from Cherokee to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In July in Asheville, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Boone.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Boone

— 2 nights
Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. On the 6th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Linville Falls, then take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, and then walk around The Valle Crucis Community Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on High Mountain Expeditions and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Boone online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Boone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Asheville, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Boone, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Boone

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.