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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
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
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
Outdoor Adventure in North Carolina

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
High Country coronavirus support

Support High Country Businesses during COVID-19

Ways to Support Area Businesses during Coronavirus Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has caused a massive change in our everyday lives, from social distancing to stay-at-home orders. While we may not be able to visit all of our favorite businesses in the High Country at this time, there are ways that... More

Your Travel Guide

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

The Jones House in Boone
April 10, 2019
Photo by Todd Bush 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...
Boone, Banner Elk and Wilkesboro wineries, breweries and distilleries
May 29, 2019
Image from Appalachian Mountain Brewery The personality of the High Country is infused in every aspect of life here, and it’s no different with the wines, brews and spirits produced in this region. Maybe it’s the rich mountain soil, creating high quality varietals and grains. Or maybe...
Boone, North Carolina Skiing
February 4, 2019
Know Before You Go on a Ski Trip near Boone Surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges, Boone, North Carolina is a fantastic place for a ski getaway. Boone is in close proximity to several of the area’s best ski and winter sport destinations. The charming mountain town is filled with area...
Whitewater rafting near Boone, Whitewater rafting near Banner Elk, Whitewater rafting near Blowing Rock
August 21, 2019
Your Guide to Whitewater Rafting in the High Country There are so many opportunities for adventure when you visit North Carolina’s High Country. Zipline through the forest treetops, hike the natural terrain or partake in an adventure on the water. In the High Country,...
Greenway Trail in Boone
March 11, 2019
Hiking Boone’s Greenway Trail Boone offers so much when it comes to outdoor exploration. From hiking and mountain biking to braving the river rapids or fishing on a scenic stream, there’s so much to choose from. For hiking specifically, Boone has plenty of trails to challenge...
Boone winter events and activities
November 27, 2019
Image from Todd Bush Photography Experience Boone’s Winter Festivities Boone is a year-round destination for travelers of all ages and interests. From viewing the holiday lights in town to partaking in the winter events at some of your favorite Boone attractions, there’s so much to...

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