8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cherokee
— 1 night
Drive
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Highlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 3 nights
Bus to Charlotte, Fly to Mobile

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Cherokee

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Waterrock Knob. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Otter Creek Trout Farm, get interesting insight from Tours, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cherokee day trip planner.

Mobile to Cherokee is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Mobile in October, expect Cherokee to be little chillier, temps between 70°F and 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Highlands.

Things to do in Cherokee

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Highlands

— 1 night
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): whizz through the canopy at Highlands Aerial Park, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Highlands trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Cherokee to Highlands in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Highlands can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Blowing Rock

— 2 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. On the 12th (Mon), admire all the interesting features of Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then hike along The Greenway Trail. On the next day, trot along with Vx3 Trail Rides, then identify plant and animal life at Grandfather Mountain, and then stroll through Rough Ridge Lookout.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Highlands to Blowing Rock takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Highlands in October: highs in Blowing Rock hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Family-friendly places like Blue Ridge Pkwy and The Folk Art Center will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Grandad's Apples (in Hendersonville) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). There's much more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take a memorable tour with Navitat Canopy Adventures - Asheville Zipline.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Asheville travel planner.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Blowing Rock in October: highs in Asheville hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

4.5
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.