8 days in Sapphire, Seven Devils & Banner Elk Itinerary

8 days in Sapphire, Seven Devils & Banner Elk Itinerary

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8 days in Sapphire, Seven Devils & Banner Elk Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly + Drive:  5​h
1
Sapphire
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Seven Devils
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Banner Elk
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

3
nights
Sapphire

Sapphire ©
Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Pisgah Forest Gem Mine make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Sapphire's surroundings by going to Helen (Bavarian Mountain Miniature Golf & Anna Ruby Falls) and Cades Cove (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park).

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sapphire route builder app .

Fort Lauderdale to Sapphire is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. When traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Sapphire: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Seven Devils.

Things to do in Sapphire

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Helen, Pisgah Forest Gem Mine, River Rafting & Tubing, Cades Cove
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Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
River Rafting & Tubing
Anna Ruby Falls ©
Anna Ruby Falls

1
night
Seven Devils

Seven Devils ©
Seven Devils is a town in Avery and Watauga counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Otter Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, and then cruise along Grandfather Mountain Overlook.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Seven Devils online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sapphire to Seven Devils in 3 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sapphire in December: high temperatures in Seven Devils hover around 48°F and lows are around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Banner Elk.

Things to do in Seven Devils

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grandfather Mountain
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Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain

3
nights
Banner Elk

Banner Elk ©
Banner Elk is a town in Avery County, North Carolina, United States. Family-friendly places like Sugar Mountain Resort and Apple Hill Farm will thrill your kids. Step out of Banner Elk with an excursion to Zipline in Blowing Rock--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, walk around Grandfather Mountain State Park, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, and do a tasting at Grandfather Vineyard & Winery.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Banner Elk day trip app .

Banner Elk is very close to Seven Devils. In December, daytime highs in Banner Elk are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Banner Elk

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Zipline, Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
Zipline
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine ©
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine