5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

5 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina vacation planner
Make it your trip
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 1 night
Drive
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Highlands
— 1 night
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Asheville — 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to Hendersonville (Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm & Grandad's Apples) and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock). The adventure continues: cruise along Blue Ridge Parkway, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Asheville online route planner.

New York City to Asheville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Asheville when traveling from New York City in October, with lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bryson City.
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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 6th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bryson City online attractions planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Highlands.
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Highlands — 1 night

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 7th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Whiteside Mountain, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lake Glenville Scenic Waterfall Cruises.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Highlands sightseeing planner.

Getting from Bryson City to Highlands by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Highlands can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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North Carolina travel guide

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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.
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