9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains trip itinerary planner

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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Boone
— 2 nights
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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.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Biltmore, admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and view the masterpieces at Woolworth Walk.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville online holiday planner.

Tampa to Asheville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, Asheville is a bit cooler than Tampa - with highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Boone.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Boone

— 2 nights
Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, sample the tasty concoctions at Blowing Rock Brewery, and then look for gifts at Mast General Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grandfather Mountain, and then take a pleasant ride with Vx3 Trail Rides.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Boone itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Asheville to Boone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Asheville in July, plan for little chillier days in Boone, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Boone

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cherokee: Carolina Outfitters (in Topton), Dry Falls (in Highlands) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, take in the awesome beauty at Waterrock Knob, stroll around Oconaluftee Islands Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cherokee online trip maker.

Getting from Boone to Cherokee by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Cherokee sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

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.