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High Thrill in the High Country

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
Blowing Rock, North Carolina

A Day in Blowing Rock

Images and editorial supplied by Blowing Rock TDA 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
Boone, North Carolina

A Day in Boone

Images and editorial supplied by Watauga County Tourism Developement Authority 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
High Country March events

Top 5 March Events in the High Country

Image from The Jones House Mark Your Calendar for these March Events in the High Country The month of March 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, live music... More
Banner Elk, North Carolina

A Day in Banner Elk

Images and editorial supplied by the Town of Banner Elk 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

Welcome to North Carolina's High Country

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

Your Travel Guide

Helping millions of people find the best local treasures around our area each year.

Foggy Mountain Gem Mine in Boone
April 11, 2019
Boone’s Top-Rated Attraction is Foggy Mountain Gem Mine North Carolina’s expansive history includes centuries of gem mining. In fact, western North Carolina is known as “the gem capital of the world.” When you visit North Carolina’s High Country, you’ll find plenty of places to mine...
Mile High Swinging Bridge in Grandfather Mountain
October 29, 2019
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...
Restaurants in Boone with a view
March 13, 2019
Restaurants with Scenic Views in Boone A trip to Boone is not complete without a meal at one of the fantastic local restaurants. Area restaurants are serving up some of your favorite down-home American dishes as well as some meals you’ve never seen before. Almost as important as the...
November 7, 2018
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...
Boone, North Carolina
May 23, 2019
Images and editorial supplied by Watauga County Tourism Developement Authority 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...
Boone budget vacation
December 31, 2019
Image from Mathieu Turle Save on Your Vacation to Boone A trip to Boone is the perfect getaway for travelers of all ages and interests. From finding the perfect hotel or cabin to enjoying the beauty of the outdoors, restaurants, shopping and more, it’s easy for your vacation to...

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