The Mountains of North Carolina hold spectacular hikes and outdoor activities, a unique culture of dining, shopping and art, as well as the only place for skiing and winter fun in North Carolina. Read more for each area’s top things to do.
Asheville is a mecca of eclectic culture, dining and the arts, nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smokys. With the Blue Ridge Parkway running through town, excellent restaurants and shopping downtown, and plenty of breweries, whether you want the city life or a getaway in nature, adventure is right at Asheville’s doorstep.
Blowing Rock NC
A small town only a twenty minute drive from Boone NC, Blowing Rock is a mecca for snow sports, outdoor enthusiasts and those looking for a great deal at the Tanger Outlet Mall. With intimate restaurants and local boutiques, Blowing Rock is a quaint town perfect for a peaceful getaway.
With three ski resorts in the area, along with hiking and mountain biking trails, Boone NC can be the perfect place to get your heart pumping while taking a break from it all. Being the largest city at its elevation, Boone has both natural beauty and civilized life, including the Boone Mall, downtown shops and fine dining.
A thirty-minute drive from Asheville, Hendersonville takes life at a slower pace, but doesn’t let up on fun things to do. Nearby Dupont State Forest holds natural wonders, while Hendersonville itself boasts ‘the State Theatre of North Carolina,’ along with great things for families to do.
The Smoky Mountain National Forest is one of the United State’s most beautiful preserved lands, and can be seen by car, horse, foot or bike. You can also check out nearby Maggie Valley, with lots of family friendly attractions.
A jewel set between Asheville and the Smoky Mountains, Waynesville is a small town, but it holds great restaurants, breweries and specialty shops in its picturesque downtown district. It also has great access to the Smoky Mountains National Park and Cataloochee Ski Area, allowing for exploration outdoors or in town.
Western North Carolina
With some of the most historical locations in the state, Western North Carolina is filled with different attractions that will interest everyone. Whether it’s history of the Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, NC, the prestigious Biltmore Estate, or even the famous Chimney Rock, there’s big stuff going on in Western NC that you don’t want to miss!