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
Restaurants in Boone with a view

Boone Restaurants with a View

Restaurants with Scenic Views in BooneA trip to Boone is not complete without a meal at one of the fantastic local restaurants. Area restaurants are serving up some of your favorite down-home American dishes as well as some meals you’ve never seen before. Almost as important as the food on your... More
Boone, Banner Elk and Wilkesboro wineries, breweries and distilleries

Sips and Trips of the High Country

Image from Appalachian Mountain BreweryThe 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 it’s the rebel... More
High Country dining

Dining in the North Carolina High Country

Image from Gamekeeper RestaurantServing Up Mountain Scenery and Culinary ExcellenceAdventure 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... More
Boone budget vacation

5 Tips for Planning a Vacation to Boone on a Budget

Image from Mathieu TurleSave on Your Vacation to BooneA trip to Boone is the perfect getaway for travelers of all ages and interests. From finding the perfect hotel or cabin to enjoying the beauty of the outdoors, restaurants, shopping and more, it’s easy for your vacation to become pricey. However... More
High Country coronavirus support

Support High Country Businesses during COVID-19

Ways to Support Area Businesses during CoronavirusCoronavirus, 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 you... More

Spend Your Winter Outdoors in the High Country

Most people feel the need to wrap a warm blanket around themselves during the winter months and stay indoors until the first buds of spring appear. But imagine sitting in a ski lift on a crisp and clear winter day. With a couple skis strapped on or a snowboard, the butterflies and excitement fill... More
Greenway Trail in Boone

Greenway Trail

Hiking Boone’s Greenway TrailBoone 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 experienced hikers or... More

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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...
Boone spring
February 18, 2020
Spend Your Spring Break in Boone Spring is the perfect time of year for all ages to visit Boone. Whether you’re a family with children, a group of teenagers or young adults, this mountain destination has something for every interest. You’ll find countless things to do during your...
Banner Elk, North Carolina
May 23, 2019
Images and editorial supplied by the Town of Banner ElkEscape, Unwind, Indulge in this Friendly Resort TownBanner 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...
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...
Blowing Rock winter events and activities
November 27, 2019
Experience Blowing Rock’s Winter Festivities Blowing Rock 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 Blowing Rock attractions, there’s so much to see and do this...
Boone, North Carolina
May 23, 2019
Images and editorial supplied by Watauga County Tourism Developement AuthorityRecognized as an Ultimate Outdoor Adventure Destination in the SoutheastWith its mountain flair, Boone is affectionately known as the “Heart of the High Country.”Home to Appalachian State University, named one...

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