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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
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
Mark Your Calendar for these July Events in the High Country
The month of July 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 or free festivals, you’ll have... 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
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
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North Carolina’s Wild West Theme Park
There’s plenty to do when you visit North Carolina’s High Country. A must-do on your list should be spending a day at Tweetsie Railroad. This family-fun theme park boasts rides, live entertainment, history and more.
Tweetsie Railroad History...
Explore Boone’s Public Parks and Greenways
When you visit Boone, you’re sure to spend some time in the area’s beautiful natural setting. Whether you’re walking the charming downtown streets or hiking Grandfather Mountain, Boone offers many locales to enjoy the great outdoors. For a...
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Celebrate the Fourth of July with these Events
Celebrate Independence Day right here in Banner Elk. The charming mountain town of Banner Elk will be bursting with patriotic activities and events to celebrate America’s independence. From live...
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...
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Visit The Jones House Community Center in Boone
When you visit Boone, take some time to immerse yourself in the area’s culture and history by visiting The Jones House.
The Jones House History
The Jones House was the family home of Dr. John Walter Jones...
Home of the Original Mast General Store
Offering historic, rural charm, Valle Crucis was first settled over 200 years ago. The community itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as North Carolina’s first rural national historic district.
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...