9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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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

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Attractions like The North Carolina Arboretum and New Morning Gallery make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure), Brevard (Crystal Mountain Gem Mine & WNC Military History Museum) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). There's lots more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, shop like a local with Lexington Glassworks, examine the collection at Asheville Pinball Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville road trip planner.

Miami to Asheville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Miami in December, expect Asheville to be colder, temps between 54°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Boone.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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Zipline
Crystal Mountain Gem Mine ©
Crystal Mountain Gem Mine
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine ©
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

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Boone

Boone ©
Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): go deep underground at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, then kick your exploration up a notch at Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline, and then see Off the Grid Mountain Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Mast General Store, then fly down the slopes at Appalachian Ski Mtn., then ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Flat Top Manor.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Boone trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Asheville to Boone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Asheville in December, plan for little chillier days in Boone, with highs around 48°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Boone

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline ©
Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine ©
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park ©
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

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Cherokee

Cherokee ©

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.
Bring the kids along to Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cherokee: Highlands (Dry Falls & Bust Your Butt Falls), Cataloochee Ski Area (in Maggie Valley) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City). There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at Highlands Aerial Park, look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet, sample the fine beverages at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., and take in the dramatic scenery at Soco Falls.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cherokee online tour planner.

You can drive from Boone to Cherokee in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Boone in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cherokee: temperatures range from 54°F by day to 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Highlands Aerial Park ©
Highlands Aerial Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center ©
Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center

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