9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Linville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cherokee
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + Bus + Train:  5​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Linville

Linville ©
Linville is a community centered just south of the US 221 and NC 105 intersection in Avery County, North Carolina. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grandfather Mountain. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): trek along Table Rock Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Mile High Swinging Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, and then trek along Flat Rock Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Linville trip planner.

Philadelphia to Linville is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, Linville is slightly colder than Philadelphia - with highs of 76°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Linville

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

E.H. Sloop Chapel
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Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
Table Rock Trail ©
Table Rock Trail
Wiseman's View Scenic Overlook ©
Wiseman's View Scenic Overlook

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure), Bearwallow Mountain (in Hendersonville) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). There's still lots to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Linville to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Linville in August, you will find days in Asheville are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Zipline, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Bearwallow Mountain, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Blue Ridge Pkwy
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Zipline
Room Escape Games
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

3
nights
Cherokee

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cherokee: Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley), Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Dry Falls (in Highlands). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, relax in the rural setting at Wehrloom Honey, and try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

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Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Cherokee are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Dry Falls, River Rafting & Tubing, Wehrloom Honey, Carolina Outfitters
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mingo Falls ©
Mingo Falls
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

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