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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
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
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

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

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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...
The Blowing Rock
October 29, 2019
Visit Blowing Rock’s Namesake Landmark 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. A trip to Blowing Rock is not complete without visiting the town’s namesake, The...
Trout fishing in the High Country
May 29, 2019
Catching Mountain Trout in the High Country By John M. Aydlett, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services The trout has been mythicized and immortalized by innumerable writers, outdoor sports editors and most fly-fishing storytellers. There are those who believe...
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...
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...
North Carolina wellness and eco vacations
May 29, 2019
  While a vacation in the High Country is sure to be action packed, it is also a great time to unwind and take in the beauty of your surroundings. Wellness vacations provide meaningful experiences with a mix of adventure, relaxation and self-improvement. While you pamper yourself...

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