11 days in Asheville & The Foothills Itinerary

11 days in Asheville & The Foothills Itinerary

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11 days in Asheville & The Foothills Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Linville Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Sapphire
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Hendersonville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
End: Charlotte

2
nights
Linville Falls

Linville Falls ©
Linville Falls is an unincorporated community at the junction of Avery, Burke, and McDowell counties in the U.S. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mica Gallery and Crimson Laurel Gallery. Head to Mountain Dog and Downtown Hickory Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Zephyr Antiques (in Abingdon), Benjamin Walls Gallery (in Bristol) and Caldwell Arts Council (in Lenoir). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Linville Falls Winery and pause for some serene contemplation at E.H. Sloop Chapel.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Linville Falls trip itinerary builder site .

Charlotte to Linville Falls is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Charlotte in September, Linville Falls is little chillier at night with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Linville Falls

Shopping Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Bakersville, E.H. Sloop Chapel, Zephyr Antiques, Benjamin Walls Gallery, Caldwell Arts Council
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Mountain Dog ©
Mountain Dog
Linville Falls Winery ©
Linville Falls Winery
Benjamin Walls Gallery ©
Benjamin Walls Gallery

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Do your shopping at Fowler's Clay Works and Paul Murray Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Biltmore and New Morning Gallery. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Waynesville (Barber Orchard Fruitstand & Cedar Hill Studio & Gallery), Gatlinburg (Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Sugarlands Distilling Company, & more) and Oaks Gallery at the Riverwood Shops (in Dillsboro). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at St.Claire Art and shop like a local with Philip DeAngelo Studio.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip builder .

You can drive from Linville Falls to Asheville in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sapphire.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Waynesville, Red House Studios and Art Gallery, It's By Nature, Oaks Gallery at the Riverwood Shops
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine ©
Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

3
nights
Sapphire

Sapphire ©
Elizabeth Ellison Gallery and The Cottage Craftsman are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mark of the Potter and The Bascom. Explore Sapphire's surroundings by going to Clayton (Noble Wine Cellar & Main Street Gallery), Hickory Flat Pottery (in Clarkesville) and Hightower Creek Vineyards (in Hiawassee).

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sapphire trip app .

You can drive from Asheville to Sapphire in 1.5 hours. September in Sapphire sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hendersonville.

Things to do in Sapphire

Shopping Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Bryson City, Clayton, Clarkesville, A Jones Company, Hightower Creek Vineyards
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Elizabeth Ellison Gallery ©
Elizabeth Ellison Gallery
12 Spies Vineyards and Farm ©
12 Spies Vineyards and Farm
Hightower Creek Vineyards ©
Hightower Creek Vineyards

1
night
Hendersonville

Hendersonville ©
Hendersonville is a city in Henderson County, North Carolina United States. On the 12th (Thu), get a taste of the local shopping with Pisgah Forest Gem Mine, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, then do a tasting at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, then shop like a local with Heartwood Contemporary Crafts Gallery, and finally learn about winemaking at Burntshirt Vineyards.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hendersonville route planner.

Traveling by car from Sapphire to Hendersonville takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Hendersonville can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Hendersonville

Wineries Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trips

Heartwood Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Pisgah Forest Gem Mine
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Pisgah Forest Gem Mine ©
Pisgah Forest Gem Mine
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards ©
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

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