Activities for Adventurers and Thrill Seekers
A lot of people look to the High Country as a place to relax and unwind, and it’s certainly an ideal location for kicking back. However, others are born with a yearning for adventure, and it’s these people who look to the High Country as a place... More
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Recognized as an Ultimate Outdoor Adventure Destination in the Southeast
With its mountain flair, Boone is affectionately known as the “Heart of the High Country.”
Home to Appalachian State University, named one... More
Year-Round Excitement in the High Country
Beneath majestic mountains, on a picture-perfect landscape, adventure awaits. No matter what season, a vacation in the High Country promises a year-round outdoor playground with an assortment of activities. You are sure to find both rustic and relaxed... More
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Mark Your Calendar for these December Events in the High Country
The month of December is full of fun and exciting events in the High Country, from Boone and Blowing Rock to Banner Elk. Whether you’re searching for family-friendly events, food and drink events,... More
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The streets of Blowing Rock are storybook sweet, with quaint boutiques, independent restaurants, art galleries and antique stores tucked into a small mountain village. Parks, lush gardens and sweeping views give the town an almost magical feel.... More
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Escape, Unwind, Indulge in this Friendly Resort Town
Banner Elk is a popular getaway in the North Carolina High Country that blends small town relaxation with the amenities of a larger city.
Within 15 minutes of the town’s lone... More
Your Travel Guide
Helping millions of people find the best local treasures around our area each year.
Take a Walk Across the Mile High Swinging Bridge
North Carolina’s High Country is filled with beautiful attractions in the region’s natural setting. People travel from all over to see these and experience them. When you visit Grandfather Mountain, take a walk one mile above sea level...
The Best Ski Resorts near Boone
It's the peak of ski season, meaning that it’s time to hit the slopes. When you visit North Carolina’s High Country, there’s no better place to do so than Boone. The Boone area is known as “The Ski Capital of the South.”
Boone is less than an hour...
Your Guide to Skiing in the High Country
North Carolina High Country is an oasis for outdoor adventure year-round. As the temperatures begin to drop and snow covers the mountain tops, you won’t want to miss a chance to hit the slopes. The High Country's natural setting is perfect for...
Relax and Unwind with Outdoor Activities in the High Country
From winter to summer and fall to spring, there’s never a dull season in the High Country. Area attractions and outdoor activities ensure every visitor has a fun and enriching vacation, ripe with stories to tell and memories...
The High Country is perfect for an outdoor excursion. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails to explore with varying lengths, terrain and difficulties. From shimmering streams to a vast array of flourishing wildlife, there’s so much to see when hiking in North Carolina’s High...
Most people feel the need to wrap a warm blanket around themselves during the winter months and stay indoors until the first buds of spring appear. But imagine sitting in a ski lift on a crisp and clear winter day. With a couple skis strapped on or a snowboard, the butterflies and...
Day or night, ages 4 to 99, Sky Valley Zip Tours has a canopy adventure for you!
Since 2012, Sky Valley Zip Tours has been delighting High Country visitors with unforgettable mountain zip line experiences. Easily accessible...