9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains visit planner

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Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
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Blowing Rock

— 2 nights
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): look for gifts at Souvenir Shirts. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Flat Top Manor and then explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Blowing Rock trip itinerary app.

Fort Mill to Blowing Rock is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In October, Blowing Rock is little chillier than Fort Mill - with highs of 64°F and lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Grandad's Apples (in Hendersonville), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Biltmore, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Asheville trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Blowing Rock in October: highs in Asheville hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Scenic Drive

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cherokee side-trips: Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City). There's much more to do: cruise along Newfound Gap Road, appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cherokee tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Museums · 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.