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Whittier sits just west of the city of Asheville on the banks of the Tuckasegee River, surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest. For those looking for a place to stay on the "quiet side" of the Smokies, Whittier is just minutes from the uncrowded Cherokee east entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This quaint little village offers a peaceful and serene mountain retreat, in an area that is surrounded by dozens of natural attractions, history and outdoor activities. Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, swimming, kayaking, white water rafting, snow skiing and golf - almost any type of outdoor sport imaginable is available near Whittier. History buffs will enjoy visiting nearby Cherokee, located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, home to the Museum of the Cherokees and The Ocanaluftee Indian Village. Other attractions near Whittier include the Appalachian Trail, the Great Smoky Mountains Railway, Fontana Lake, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Nantahala River Gorge. Easy day trips take you to the city of Asheville and the Biltmore Estate, which is the largest single-family home in the United States. Maggie Valley and the Cataloochee Ski Area are other possibilities, as well as Sliding Rock, which is a natural water slide located in the Pisgah National Forest. Also, don't forget your camera when visiting Whittier, where every season offers fantastic photographic opportunities.

Surrounding areas: Cherokee, North Carolina (3.7 mi), Bryson City, North Carolina (4.9 mi), Alarka, North Carolina (7.4 mi), Dillsboro, North Carolina (7.6 mi), Sylva, North Carolina (8.7 mi), Almond, North Carolina (12.4 mi), Nantahala Gorge, North Carolina (12.6 mi)

Whittier Vacation Rentals

Whittier Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Ela Motor Court5280 Ela RdBryson City, NC1.5 mi.(828) 488-2284
Lloyd's On The River5370 Ela RdBryson City, NC1.5 mi.(828) 488-3767
Comfort Suites35 Hwy 441 NorthCherokee, NC3.7 mi.(828) 497-3500
Days Inn Smokey Mountain Inn660 Painttown RdCherokee, NC3.7 mi.(828) 497-2300
Econo LodgeUs Hwy 19Cherokee, NC3.7 mi.(828) 497-4575
Fairfield Inn & Suite - Cherokee568 Painttown RdCherokee, NC3.7 mi.(828) 497-0400
Hampton Inn185 Tsalagi RdCherokee, NC3.7 mi.(828) 497-3115
Holiday Inn CherokeeHwy 19 WCherokee, NC3.7 mi.(828) 497-9181
Holiday Inn Expres Hotel & Suites376 Paint Town RdCherokee, NC3.7 mi.(828) 497-3113
Holiday InnHwy 19 SCherokee, NC3.7 mi.(828) 497-9181
Microtel Inn & Suites674 Casino TrlCherokee, NC3.7 mi.(828) 497-7800
Quality Inn-cherokeeUS 441 N BypCherokee, NC3.7 mi.(828) 497-4702
Ramada Limited196 Painttown RdCherokee, NC3.7 mi.(828) 497-4231
Sleep InnHwy 441 Pob 1956Cherokee, NC3.7 mi.(828) 497-4730
TravelodgeAcquoni RdCherokee, NC3.7 mi.(828) 497-2226
Nantahala Village Mountain Resort9400 Hwy 19 WestBryson City, NC4.9 mi.(828) 488-2826
Sleep Inn500 SPG StBryson City, NC4.9 mi.(828) 488-0326
Charleston Inn208 Arlington AveBryson City, NC5.1 mi.(828) 488-4644
Baymont Inn-Cherokee/Smoky MTNS1455 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC5.1 mi.(828) 497-2102
Best Western Great Smokies Inn1636 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC5.1 mi.(828) 497-2020
Best Western River Escape Inn And Suites248 Wbi DrDillsboro, NC7.6 mi.(828) 586-6060
Mountain Creek Cottages162 Dicks CRK RdDillsboro, NC7.6 mi.(704) 586-6042
Comfort InnHwy 23/74Sylva, NC8.7 mi.(828) 586-3315
University Inn563 N Country CLB DrCullowhee, NC13.3 mi.(828) 293-5442
Balsam Mountain InnBalsam MTN Inn RdBalsam, NC15.5 mi.(704) 456-9498
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn1021 Soco Rd Hwy 19Maggie Valley, NC15.9 mi.(828) 926-3962
Maggie Valley Holiday Motel Inc851 Seco RdMaggie Valley, NC15.9 mi.(828) 926-1186
Days Inn1320 E Main StFranklin, NC16.7 mi.(828) 524-6491
Hampton Inn244 Cunningham RdFranklin, NC17.3 mi.(828) 369-0600
Snow Hill Inn531 Snow HL RdFranklin, NC17.5 mi.(828) 369-2100
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn3811 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC18.1 mi.(828) 926-3962
Meadowlark Motel2878 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC18.1 mi.(828) 926-1717
Microtel Inn & Suites3777 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC18.1 mi.(888) 771-7171
Ramada LTD4048 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC18.1 mi.(828) 926-7800
Comfort Inn848 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC18.2 mi.(828) 926-9106
Microtel Inn & Suites81 Allman DrFranklin, NC18.9 mi.(828) 349-9000
Quality Inn70 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC19.2 mi.(828) 926-0201
Jack Huff's Motor Lodge204 Cherokee Orchard RdGatlinburg, TN20.6 mi.(865) 436-5171
Park Vista Resort Hotel705 Cherokee Orchard RdGatlinburg, TN20.6 mi.(865) 436-9211
Shoney's Inn & Suites515 Airport RdGatlinburg, TN20.6 mi.(865) 436-5883
Bed & Breakfast
Freeze House Bed And Breakfast71 Sylvan HeightsSylva, NC8.7 mi.(828) 586-8161

Whittier Weather & Climate

The Mountains of North Carolina range from 800 feet to over 6,600 feet and topography affects the local weather. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops. Spring is unpredictable, particularly at the higher elevations. Snow may fall in March, but by May, things warm up with daytime highs in the 80s. Summer is warm and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common in the summertime. Winter is generally moderate, but extreme conditions can occur in the mountains. It's not unusual to have warm temperatures in the valleys and snow in the higher areas. In the lowlands, snows of one inch or more occur just 1-5 times per year. More frequent and deeper snows fall at the higher elevations.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 21°F 5.97 in. -
February 52°F 23°F 4.94 in. -
March 60°F 29°F 6.13 in. -
April 69°F 36°F 4.57 in. -
May 76°F 45°F 5.48 in. -
June 82°F 53°F 4.71 in. -
July 85°F 57°F 4.79 in. -
August 84°F 56°F 4.34 in. -
September 80°F 50°F 4.07 in. -
October 71°F 37°F 3.42 in. -
November 60°F 29°F 4.75 in. -
December 51°F 23°F 5.21 in. -

Whittier Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located about 44 miles northwest of Whittier in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located approximately 46 miles east of Whittier in Asheville, North Carolina, the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located roughly 72 miles southeast of Whittier in Greenville, South Carolina, and finally the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located around 74 miles southeast of Whittier in Greer, South Carolina.

Whittier Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC3.7 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC3.7 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC15.9 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN26.7 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN26.7 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN32.0 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA94.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Smoky Mountain Country ClubWhittierNC 
Franklin Golf CourseFranklinNC17.6 mi.
Mill Creek Country ClubFranklinNC17.6 mi.
Lake Junaluska Golf CourseWaynesvilleNC21.6 mi.
Laurel Ridge Country ClubWaynesvilleNC21.6 mi.
Trillium Links & Lake ClubCashiersNC26.7 mi.
Gatlinburg Municipal Golf CoursePigeon ForgeTN27.3 mi.
Laurel Valley Country ClubTownsendTN27.7 mi.
Highlands CoveHighlandsNC27.8 mi.
Ski Areas
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC15.9 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC29.4 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC53.0 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC97.4 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC97.4 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC99.0 mi.
State Parks
Black Rock Mountain State ParkGA37.1 mi. 
East Tennessee Discovery CenterKnoxvilleTN48.0 mi.(Science)
Ewing Gallery of Art & ArchitectureKnoxvilleTN48.0 mi.(Art)
Knoxville Museum of ArtKnoxvilleTN48.0 mi.(Art)
East Tennessee Historical Society MuseumKnoxvilleTN48.0 mi.(History)
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN50.7 mi.(History)
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC53.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Farragut Folklife MuseumFarragutTN54.3 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC46.8 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN48.0 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC67.8 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN113.3 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN113.3 mi.

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