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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Highlands
— 1 night
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
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Blowing Rock
— 4 nights
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Highlands — 1 night

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. You can plan Highlands trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Durham to Highlands is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Highlands when traveling from Durham in October, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cherokee.
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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.
On the 11th (Mon), relax in the rural setting at Darnell Farms, then take an in-depth tour of The Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians at Bryson City, and then get outside with Tuckaseegee Fly Shop.

Start your trip to Cherokee by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Highlands to Cherokee by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Cherokee can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Blowing Rock.
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Blowing Rock — 4 nights

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bass Lake and Catawba River Greenway. Explore Blowing Rock's surroundings by going to Souvenir Shirts (in Banner Elk), Linville Falls (in Linville Falls) and Rough Ridge Lookout (in Linville). There's much more to do: trek along The Greenway Trail, get in on the family fun at Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park, cast your line with RiverGirl Fishing Company, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Glen Burney Trail.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Blowing Rock trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Cherokee to Blowing Rock by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cherokee in October, expect nights in Blowing Rock to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are little chillier, around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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.