8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Drive to Newland
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Drive to Knoxville, Fly to Minneapolis


Newland — 1 night

Newland is a town in Avery County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): trek along Flat Rock Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rough Ridge Lookout, and finally admire the sheer force of Bobby McLean Memorial Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Newland road trip tool.

Minneapolis to Newland is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Newland due to the time zone difference. In March, Newland is somewhat warmer than Minneapolis - with highs of 50°F and lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Asheville.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trip
Highlights from your trip

Asheville — 3 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Slick Rock Country Emporium (in Hendersonville). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Biltmore, examine the collection at Asheville Pinball Museum, admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Newland to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Newland in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Asheville, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Highlands.
Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Highlands — 1 night

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Highlands travel route tool.

Drive from Asheville to Highlands in 2 hours. In April in Highlands, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.
Nature · Parks
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Cherokee — 2 nights

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 3rd (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Waterrock Knob, then examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, then stop by Unique Gift Outlet, and finally try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cherokee day trip planning website.

You can drive from Highlands to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Cherokee are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
Museums · Nature · Parks · Adventure
Side Trips

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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.