Explore the High Country of Western North Carolina
For a convenient place to call home while you trek through the Blue Ridge Mountains, choose the Country Inn & Suites in scenic Boone, NC. From our hotel, you’ll be minutes from a variety of things to do, from fly-fishing and rafting to rock climbing and hiking. Overcome your fear of heights by crossing the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain. Then brave the depths of Linville Caverns or ski the slopes at Beech Mountain Resort. For a more leisurely activity, you can stroll through the shops and green spaces of downtown Boone.
- Beech Mountain Resort (23.6 miles)
At Beech Mountain Resort, you can enjoy the outdoors year-round. Ski, snowboard or tube during the winter, and mountain climb or play disc golf during the summer.
Phone: +1 (828) 387-2011
- Boone Golf Club (2.9 miles)
Challenge yourself at this 18-hole course with scenic mountain views and a pro shop.
Phone: +1 (828) 264-8760
- Foscoe Fishing Company (7.9 miles)
Gather your gear and plan an expedition at the state's only Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing guide company, offering stops at Watauga, Linville and other mountain streams near the shop.
Phone: +1 (828) 963-6556
- Grandfather Mountain (20 miles)
Pack your hiking boots for an outing at Grandfather Mountain, where you can walk through low-lying clouds on the Mile High Swinging Bridge and explore miles of trails. Be sure to tour the nature museum to see one of the largest amethysts ever found in North America.
Phone: +1 (828) 733-4337
- Hawksnest (14.2 miles)
Ready to speed through the trees at 50 miles per hour? Make a reservation to take on the four miles of zipline trails at Hawksnest.
Phone: +1 (828) 963-6561
- Linville Caverns (32.6 miles)
Travel inside Humpback Mountain to admire stunning rock formations and an underground stream, home to cave-dwelling fish.
Phone: +1 (800) 419-0540
- River & Earth Adventures (2.2 miles)
Let the experts at this outdoor expedition company help you plan caving, climbing, biking, rafting, rock climbing and hiking excursions.
Phone: +1 (828) 355-9797
- Sugar Mountain Resort (16 miles)
You can explore Sugar Mountain throughout the year when you plan a ski trip in the winter or a hiking and biking excursion in the summer.
Phone: +1 (828) 898-4521
- Cheap Joe's Art Stuff (1 mile)
Pick up all your arts and crafts supplies at Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, featuring an impressive selection for painting, pottery and drawing. If you have time, sign up for one of Cheap Joe’s popular art workshops.
Phone: +1 (828) 262-0793
- Mast General Store (1.4 miles)
Find a vast selection of outdoor gear, classic candies and local wares at the popular Mast General Store, which originated in Western North Carolina.
Phone: +1 (828) 262-0000
- Appalachian State University (1.2 miles)
Cheer on the Mountaineers at Appalachian State University, attend a concert, or browse the displays in the visual arts center at this acclaimed university.
Phone: +1 (828) 262-2000
- Mystery Hill (5.3 miles)
The exhibits at this gravity-defying museum will have you scratching your head as you watch balls roll uphill and people stand at a 45-degree angle. Experience this gravitational anomaly for yourself!
Phone: +1 (828) 264-2792
- The Orchard at Altapass (3.1 miles)
From heirloom apple trees to monarch butterfly hatcheries, the attractions at the Orchard are geared toward preservation. And the more than 40 varieties of apples, along with a farm-to-table restaurant, are the tasty by-products of their efforts.
Phone: +1 (828) 765-9531
- Tweetsie Railroad (3.5 miles)
Ride vintage steam locomotives, mine for gems, play arcade games and have an old-fashioned family photo taken when you visit Tweetsie Railroad.
Phone: +1 (828) 264-9061
- Valle Crucis (6.6 miles)
Featuring dozens of 18th- and 19th-century structures, the entire community of Valle Crucis is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tour the area for unique shopping like the original Mast General Store, open since 1883.