Whittier, NC, USA

Whittier, NC, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 456 vacation rentals near Whittier. From 294 cabins to 101 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Whittier for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

In the heart of the Great Smokies

Whittier lies in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains and was once an important part of the lumber industry. More recently, the quint village has become one of the top places for a weekend outdoor getaway, with Whittier vacation rentals getting booked up months in advance. The nearby Tuckasegee River provides endless opportunities for fun with the family. Here, you can hop on board kayaks and rafts to glide downstream spotting wildlife en route. There's also a thriving art community, which you'll find unsurprising when you catch your first glimpse of the beautiful mountain landscape.

All aboard Whittier's kayaks and rafts

You don't need prior experience to try your hand at whitewater rafting. You can even bring the kids who will love the thrill of crashing down through the class I and II rapids. For something a little more peaceful, hire a kayak to cruise along the river at your own pace. If you love waterfalls, you've come to the right place. The towering 36-meter Mingo Falls is hidden deep in the Cherokee Indian Reservation and is well worth the effort to reach. Alternatively, from the local golf course you can tee off in full few of the mighty Smokies.

Step back in time

There's plenty to do within driving distance of your Whittier vacation rental. Just 20 minutes down the road, you can visit the Mountain Farm Museum made up of 19th-century log cabins, some of which are made from American chestnut. During the afternoon, you can live out your prairie dreams and explore the Smokies by jumping on board one of the Old West wagon trains, always a favorite with kids. In the warm summer evenings, you can watch "Unto These Hills", a play that chronicles the history of the Cherokees in the open Mountainside Theatre.

For color, try spring or fall

It'll perhaps be unsurprising to hear that the summer break months are the busiest in Whittier when families descend on the town to use as a base for exploring the Smokies. While the weather can be beautiful around this time, don't discount the other months. The spring can often be free of rain and the trails are full of blooming wildflowers. After the summer crowds, it's much easier to score a Whittier vacation rental and the forest leaves burst into color. The festive season can be even more magical, when the entire park gets carpeted in snow.

A range of habitats

You will be familiar with backyard animals like the foxes and squirrels, but there are plenty of others to spot, including owls and hawks.