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4 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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Asheville — 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 13th (Tue), go deep underground at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm, take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

Before you visit Asheville, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Philadelphia to Asheville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Asheville are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cherokee.
Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature · Parks
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Cherokee — 2 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.
On the 15th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Oconaluftee Indian Village, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, and then see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cherokee day trip planning site.

You can drive from Asheville to Cherokee in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Museums · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Nature
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North Carolina travel guide

Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.