4 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

4 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains trip itinerary planner

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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryson City
— 1 night
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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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Blowing Rock trip planner.

Wilmington to Blowing Rock is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Wilmington in September, things will get a bit cooler in Blowing Rock: highs are around 72°F and lows about 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

Asheville

— 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 4th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Lexington Glassworks, take in the exciting artwork at New Morning Gallery, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and finally sample some tasty brews at BREW-ed.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Asheville online trip planner.

You can drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Blowing Rock in September: high temperatures in Asheville hover around 79°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Bryson City

— 1 night
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, and then take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): head outdoors with Tuckaseegee Fly Shop and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryson City trip planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Bryson City can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Parks · Casinos · Nature

Side Trips

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North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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History Museums · 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.