8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains trip itinerary maker

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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Valle Crucis
— 1 night
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
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Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Brevard (Crystal Mountain Gem Mine & Mud Dabbers Pottery of Brevard), Blowing Rock (Moses H. Cone Memorial Park & Zipline) and DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, shop like a local with Center for Craft, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Asheville road trip planner.

Miami to Asheville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Miami in December; daily highs in Asheville reach 54°F and lows reach 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Valle Crucis.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Valle Crucis

— 1 night
Valle Crucis in an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Dutch Creek Trails. On the 30th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Grandfather Mountain, then admire the sheer force of Otter Falls, then look for gifts at Mast General Store, and finally take a pleasant ride with Dutch Creek Trails.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Valle Crucis road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Valle Crucis takes 2 hours. When traveling from Asheville in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Valle Crucis: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 31°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in Valle Crucis

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 3 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.
Explore Cherokee's surroundings by going to Highlands (Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, &more), Maggie Valley (Cataloochee Ski Area & Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum) and Bryson City (Nantahala on the Fly & Zipline). It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Soco Falls and stop by Maggie Valley Rock Shop.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cherokee trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Valle Crucis to Cherokee in 3 hours. Traveling from Valle Crucis in December, expect nights in Cherokee to be about the same, around 32°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Adventure

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.