12 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

12 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

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12 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Andrews
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cherokee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Roaring Gap
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Madison

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Andrews

Andrews ©
Andrews is a town in Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Andrews road trip website .

Madison to Andrews is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. August in Andrews sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Cherokee.

Things to do in Andrews

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites, #Wineries

Side Trips

Carolina Outfitters, Fields of the Wood
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Fields of the Wood
Calaboose Cellars ©
Calaboose Cellars

2
days
Cherokee

Cherokee ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): trot along with a tour on horseback, then take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Nantahala Brewing Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): look for gifts at Mast General Store, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Waterrock Knob, and then admire the sheer force of Soco Falls.

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You can drive from Andrews to Cherokee in an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

#Nature, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Maggie Valley, Nantahala Brewing Company, Mast General Store
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Soco Falls ©
Soco Falls
Waterrock Knob ©
Waterrock Knob
Horseback Riding Tours

4
days
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pisgah National Forest and Craggy Gardens. Visiting Mount Mitchell State Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Grovewood Village, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, sample the tasty concoctions at Highland Brewing Company, and take a stroll through Asheville Drum Circle.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip planner .

Getting from Cherokee to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Asheville, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Asheville

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Mitchell State Park, Pisgah National Forest
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Pisgah National Forest ©
Pisgah National Forest
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
days
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock ©
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Linville Gorge and then learn about winemaking at Linville Falls Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Flat Top Manor, immerse yourself in nature at Julian Price Memorial Park, then learn about winemaking at Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, and finally look for gifts at Mast General Store.

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Traveling by car from Asheville to Blowing Rock takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Blowing Rock is a bit cooler than Asheville - with highs of 76°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Roaring Gap.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

#Nature, #Parks, #Wineries

Side Trips

Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, Linville Falls Winery, Linville Gorge, Mast General Store
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Julian Price Memorial Park ©
Julian Price Memorial Park
Linville Falls Winery ©
Linville Falls Winery
Grandfather Vineyard & Winery ©
Grandfather Vineyard & Winery

2
days
Roaring Gap

Roaring Gap ©
Roaring Gap is an unincorporated community in the Cherry Lane Township of Alleghany County, North Carolina near the border with Wilkes County.HistoryRoaring Gap was established in 1890 as a summer resort by Elkin, North Carolina industrialist Alexander Chatham, one of the founders of the Chatham Manufacturing Company. On the 30th (Thu), tee off at Olde Beau Resort and Golf Club, do a tasting at Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, LLC, and then learn about winemaking at Menarick Vineyard & Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Jones von Drehle Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks, and then admire the majestic nature at Stone Mountain State Park.

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Drive from Blowing Rock to Roaring Gap in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Blowing Rock in August, expect nights in Roaring Gap to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Roaring Gap

#Wineries, #Golf, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Thurmond, Ronda
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Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, LLC ©
Stone Mountain State Park ©
Stone Mountain State Park
Menarick Vineyard & Winery ©
Menarick Vineyard & Winery

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