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
Alaskan Salmon-Gamekeeper Restaurant

Mountain Scenery and Culinary Excellence in the High Country

Photo courtesy of The Gamekeeper RestaurantBy Arielle PattersonAdventure and exploration abound in the High Country. Whether you’re flying across the treetops on a zipline or hiking to the peak of Grandfather Mountain, you’re sure to have a new experience when you visit. Treat your taste buds to a... 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
Outdoor Adventure in North Carolina

High Thrill in the High Country

Activities for Adventurers and Thrill SeekersA 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 to... 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
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 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...
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...
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...
Banner Elk ski trip
January 15, 2020
Image from Todd Bush Photography Spend Some Time on the Slopes in Banner Elk Banner Elk is a fantastic place to travel year-round. In winter, the area offers plenty of opportunities for some fun on the slopes. Ski season in Banner Elk is perfect for the whole family, from skiing and...
Activities, things to do and attractions in Boone, Blowing Rock, And Banner Elk North Carolina
November 7, 2018
Relax and Unwind with Outdoor Activities in the High Country From winter to summer and fall to spring, there’s never a dull season in the High Country. Area attractions and outdoor activities ensure every visitor has a fun and enriching vacation, ripe with stories to tell and memories...
Horn in the West show in Boone
April 10, 2019
Horn in the West: A Revolutionary Outdoor Drama Boone has centuries of history and a variety of ways to learn about this history. You could visit a museum, go on a walking tour or enjoy a theatrical and historical show. “Horn in the West,” the longest-running cultural attraction in the...

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