Sitting atop the highest elevations in North Carolina’s northern Blue Ridge Mountains, this region is a winter sports haven. But High Country towns like Boone and Blowing Rock delight in every season, with rhododendron hikes in spring, mile-high adventure in summer and brilliant foliage in fall.

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Highlights

  • Grandfather Mountain
  • Tweetsie Railroad
  • Linn Cove Viaduct
  • Skiing, Snowboarding & Winter Sports
  • Hiking, Biking & Camping
  • Linville Falls
  • Wine Country

Weather

Winter 44°
Spring 61°
Summer 78°
Fall 63°
  • Hawksbill Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Person riding down mountain alpine coaster surrounded by bright fall foliageWilderness Run Alpine Coaster in Banner Elk
  • People enjoying beers inside at Appalachian Mountain Brewery, with hand-painted mural above barAppalachian Mountain Brewery in Boone
  • Woman standing on The Blowing Rock outcropping with green foliage below and mountains in backgroundThe Blowing Rock outcropping
  • Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain
  • Beech Mountain Resort
  • Tweetsie Railroad Engine No. 12 riding through fall foliage on bright day Tweetsie Railroad Theme Park's Engine No. 12 in Blowing Rock
  • Aerial view of Raffaldini Vineyards in distance with vineyards and road in foreground with sun hidden behind cloudsRaffaldini Vineyards in Ronda
  • Linn Cove Viaduct
  • Tubing on the New River, one of the world's oldest
  • Two people cycling on Cub Creek Mountain Bike Trails with sun streaming through trees in forestCub Creek mountain bike trails in Wilkesboro

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U.S. Route 221
U.S. Route 321
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO)

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