9 days in Asheville & The Foothills Itinerary

9 days in Asheville & The Foothills Itinerary

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9 days in Asheville & The Foothills Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
1
Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Linville Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mill Spring
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sapphire
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Newark

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lexington Glassworks and Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards. Venture out of the city with trips to Cradle of Forestry (in Pisgah Forest), Burntshirt Vineyards (in Hendersonville) and Max Patch (in Hot Springs). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at New Morning Gallery, take a stroll through Asheville Drum Circle, explore the different monuments and memorials at Riverside Cemetery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens at Asheville.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville online route planner .

Newark to Asheville is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Linville Falls.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Hendersonville, Cradle of Forestry, Max Patch
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Max Patch ©
Max Patch
Lexington Glassworks ©
Lexington Glassworks
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards ©
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

2
nights
Linville Falls

Linville Falls ©
Linville Falls is an unincorporated community at the junction of Avery, Burke, and McDowell counties in the U.S. On the 15th (Wed), look for gifts at Little Switzerland Books & Beans, then admire all the interesting features of Emerald Village, and then admire the majestic nature at Lake James State Park. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Linville Gorge and then take in the dramatic scenery at Linville Falls.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Linville Falls attractions planner.

Drive from Asheville to Linville Falls in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Mill Spring.

Things to do in Linville Falls

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Little Switzerland, Lake James State Park
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Linville Falls ©
Linville Falls
Lake James State Park ©
Lake James State Park
Emerald Village ©
Emerald Village

1
night
Mill Spring

Mill Spring ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): do a tasting at Overmountain Vineyards, admire all the interesting features of Tryon International Equestrian Center, and then learn about winemaking at Parker-Binns Vineyard.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mill Spring travel planning tool .

You can drive from Linville Falls to Mill Spring in 1.5 hours. May in Mill Spring sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sapphire.

Things to do in Mill Spring

Wineries

Side Trip

Overmountain Vineyards
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Overmountain Vineyards ©
Overmountain Vineyards
Parker-Binns Vineyard ©
Parker-Binns Vineyard
Tryon International Equestrian Center ©

1
night
Sapphire

Sapphire ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsepasture River and Nature Trails, then admire the majestic nature at Gorges State Park, and then admire the sheer force of Whitewater Falls.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Sapphire travel planner .

You can drive from Mill Spring to Sapphire in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Sapphire can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapphire

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Whitewater Falls ©
Whitewater Falls
Gorges State Park ©
Gorges State Park

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