9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains trip planner

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Boone
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 4 nights
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
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Boone

— 1 night
Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, then look for gifts at Mast General Store, then learn about winemaking at Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Blowing Rock Brewery. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, contemplate the long history of Flat Top Manor, then explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Appalachian Mountain Brewery.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Boone vacation planner.

Charlotte to Boone is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Charlotte in October: high temperatures in Boone hover around 64°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Boone

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Visit Biltmore and Biltmore Village for their historical value. Head to New Morning Gallery and Blue Spiral 1for plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: wander the streets of River Arts District, take in the exciting artwork at American Folk Art & Framing, shop like a local with St.Claire Art, and explore the world behind art at Downtown Asheville Art District.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville road trip planning tool.

Getting from Boone to Asheville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Boone, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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 some cultural insight at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum and Oconaluftee Indian Village. Let the collections at Museum of the Cherokee Indian and Mountain Farm Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cherokee: Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Waynesville (Sutton and Son's Antiques & Barber Orchard Fruitstand). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet, sample the fine beverages at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, and try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cherokee trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Asheville to Cherokee by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Cherokee are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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.