8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Highlands
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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. For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Highlands holiday planner.

Durham to Highlands is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durham in July: high temperatures in Highlands hover around 83°F and lows are around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

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.
On the 7th (Wed), experience rural life at Darnell Farms, get engrossed in the history at The Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians at Bryson City, and then get outside with Tuckaseegee Fly Shop.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cherokee trip maker site.

Drive from Highlands to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. July in Cherokee sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Blowing Rock

— 4 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Explore hidden gems such as Linville Falls and Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park. Bring the kids along to Glen Burney Trail and Bass Lake. Explore Blowing Rock's surroundings by going to The Cascades Trail (in Boone), RiverGirl Fishing Company (in Todd) and Rough Ridge Lookout (in Linville). There's much more to do: hike along The Greenway Trail, immerse yourself in nature at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, stroll around Memorial Park, and stop by Souvenir Shirts.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Blowing Rock trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Blowing Rock takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Cherokee, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Blowing Rock, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.