9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Fly to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Drive to Valle Crucis
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Valle Crucis
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Blowing Rock
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Cherokee
— 2 nights
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Valle Crucis

Valle Crucis in an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. Dutch Creek Trails has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around The Valle Crucis Community Park and then admire the majestic nature at Grayson Highlands State Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Valle Crucis travel planner.

New York City to Valle Crucis is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in July; daily highs in Valle Crucis reach 78°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Valle Crucis

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore by horseback at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Blowing Rock is just a short distance from Valle Crucis. In July in Blowing Rock, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Trails

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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Biltmore and Biltmore Village. Get in touch with nature at Zipline and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at New Morning Gallery, shop like a local with Woolworth Walk, take a stroll through River Arts District, and explore the world behind art at Downtown Asheville Art District.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Asheville trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Asheville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Blowing Rock in July: highs in Asheville hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): look for gifts at Bryson City Outdoors, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then head outdoors with Carolina Outfitters, and finally experience rural life at Wehrloom Honey. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cherokee trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Museums · Fun & Games · Adventure

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.