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
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
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
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 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

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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...
Banner Elk, North Carolina
May 23, 2019
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...
Appalachian Mountain Brewery Boone
April 12, 2019
Enjoy a Craft Beer from Appalachian Mountain Brewery The High Country region, Boone in particular, has several options of places to enjoy a delicious craft beer. What if you could sip a cold ale while supporting the local community? Appalachian Mountain Brewery aims to serve the...
March 13, 2019
Where to Eat at Tweetsie Railroad A trip to Tweetsie Railroad is guaranteed to be a full day of fun at the mountain theme park. Be sure to take a break from rides and live entertainment to grab a bite to eat. While the park does allow guests to bring outside food and drinks, you may...
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
May 23, 2019
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...
Tweetsie Railroad Deer Park Petting Zoo
March 14, 2019
Interact with Animals at Tweetsie Railroad Tweetsie Railroad is known for offering plenty of family-friendly rides, shows and activities. When you visit the mountain theme park, be sure to see some of Tweetsie’s furry residents. About Deer Park Zoo Tweetsie Railroad is home to...

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