9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains visit planner

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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 4 nights
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
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Blowing Rock

— 1 night
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): go deep underground at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine and then take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: ride a horse along Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, surround yourself with nature on High Mountain Expeditions, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Blowing Rock online day trip planner.

Boston to Blowing Rock is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Boston in July, expect Blowing Rock to be little chillier, temps between 78°F and 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Lake Lure (Zipline & Lake Lure Flowering Bridge), Elijah Mountain Gem Mine (in Hendersonville) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Asheville trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Blowing Rock to Asheville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Blowing Rock in July, expect nights in Asheville to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 84°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cherokee.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Scenic Drive

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cherokee: Carolina Outfitters (in Topton), Maggie Valley (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum & Waterrock Knob) and Bryson City (River Rafting & Tubing & Nantahala on the Fly). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, admire the sheer force of Mingo Falls, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cherokee trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

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North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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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.