8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

8 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Valle Crucis
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cashiers
— 1 night
Drive to Asheville Regional Airport, Fly to Tampa International Airport

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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: Hendersonville (Slick Rock Country Emporium & Bearwallow Mountain), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, take in the exciting artwork at St.Claire Art, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lexington Glassworks.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville journey planner.

Tampa to Asheville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Tampa in November: high temperatures in Asheville hover around 59°F and lows are around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Valle Crucis.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Valle Crucis

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 1st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Appalachian Trail and then take a peaceful walk through Cherokee National Forest. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, then admire the sheer force of Otter Falls, then stop by Mast General Store, and finally trot along with Dutch Creek Trails.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Valle Crucis online trip planner.

Drive from Asheville to Valle Crucis in 2 hours. When traveling from Asheville in November, plan for slightly colder days in Valle Crucis, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cashiers.

Things to do in Valle Crucis

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Cashiers

Cashiers is a census-designated place and unincorporated village located in southern Jackson County, North Carolina. On the 3rd (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, then take in the awesome beauty at Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cashiers trip planner.

Getting from Valle Crucis to Cashiers by car takes about 3.5 hours. When traveling from Valle Crucis in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cashiers: temperatures range from 54°F by day to 32°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cashiers

Parks · 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.