8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains trip itinerary planner

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Cherokee
— 2 nights
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Highlands
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
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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.
On the 20th (Fri), look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, then see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co..

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Cherokee trip itinerary builder website.

Nashville to Cherokee is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Cherokee when traveling from Nashville in March, with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Highlands.

Things to do in Cherokee

Nature · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Highlands

— 1 night
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, then take in the awesome beauty at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Highlands trip itinerary site.

Getting from Cherokee to Highlands by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Step out of Asheville with an excursion to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park in Chimney Rock--about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Biltmore, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Asheville trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Highlands to Asheville takes 2 hours. March in Asheville sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Blowing Rock

— 1 night
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. On the 27th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, stroll through Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Blowing Rock online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Asheville in March: highs in Blowing Rock hover around 50°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

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.