9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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Fly to Knoxville, Drive to Cherokee
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
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Valle Crucis
— 2 nights
Drive
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Drive
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Hendersonville
— 2 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cherokee: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City), Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Highlands (Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park, Dry Falls, &more). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy, take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and look for gifts at Nancy Tut's Christmas Shop.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cherokee holiday planner.

Dallas to Cherokee is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Cherokee is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Dallas in June: high temperatures in Cherokee hover around 81°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Valle Crucis.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Valle Crucis

Valle Crucis in an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. You've now added Dutch Creek Trails to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get outside with Elk River Falls, then stroll around The Valle Crucis Community Park, and then take a pleasant ride with Dutch Creek Trails. On your second day here, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, stop by Mast General Store, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grandfather Mountain.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Valle Crucis trip planner.

You can drive from Cherokee to Valle Crucis in 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Valle Crucis can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Valle Crucis

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. On the 28th (Sun), go deep underground at Doc's Rocks Gem Mine, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then trot along with Vx3 Trail Rides.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock online attractions planner.

Blowing Rock is very close to Valle Crucis. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hendersonville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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Hendersonville

Hendersonville is a city in Henderson County, North Carolina United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get great views at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then learn about winemaking at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: go deep underground at Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, explore the striking landscape at Sliding Rock, and then get your game on at Pisgah Forest Gem Mine.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hendersonville trip website.

Drive from Blowing Rock to Hendersonville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Blowing Rock in June: highs in Hendersonville hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hendersonville

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · 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.