8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains sightseeing planner

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Valle Crucis
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
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Valle Crucis

— 2 nights
Valle Crucis in an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Dutch Creek Trails. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Otter Falls, identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain, then look for gifts at Rivercross Made in USA, and finally trot along with Dutch Creek Trails.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Valle Crucis trip planner.

Louisville to Valle Crucis is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Louisville in May: high temperatures in Valle Crucis hover around 69°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Valle Crucis

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Go for a jaunt from Asheville to Lake Lure to see Zipline about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Biltmore, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Asheville attractions planning website.

You can drive from Valle Crucis to Asheville in 2 hours. While traveling from Valle Crucis, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and finally look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Bust Your Butt Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, and then see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cherokee trip planner.

Drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.