North Carolina’s Mountains are a natural wonderland, an outdoor playground and a historic treasure.
There are so many things to do and see that it may be hard to decide where to start!
You should definitely take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, also known as “America’s Favorite Drive”.
It reveals spectacular scenery year-round and has hundreds of hikes, landscapes and beautiful towns to explore.
With its 250 miles of road, Blue Ridge is an exceptional national treasure.
You should also stop for a picnic by a waterfall in Transylvania County. This scenic corner of the state is blessed with over 200 amazing waterfalls- including Whitewater Falls with a stunning 400-foot drop.
Visit Bridal Veil Falls, walk beneath Dry Falls and plunge down Sliding Rock.
Carolina’s Yadkin Valley is one of the best new wine regions in the United States. With its perfect climate and wonderful scenery, it’s a wine tasting wonderland you’ll find to be small and charming, but also impressively large and elegant.
Travel back in time while shopping at the Mast General Store, offering everything a community needs – “from cradles to caskets”. Opened in Valle Crucis back in 1883, it offers unique merchandise you will never find in a mall.
Enjoy a relaxing day at Hot Springs up in the mountains northwest of Asheville. With a temperature of more than 100 degrees, it is the perfect place to melt all your cares away!
Wildlife admirers should visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – America’s most popular National Park. From spring windflowers to fall foliage to cascading steams, the park features so many breathtaking plants and stunning views that it has been acknowledged as one of the most amazing places on Earth.
Mid-June is the peak season for rhododendrons, and the blossoms cover Roan Mountain. This beauty definitely deserves to be seen, as it is probably the highest and the largest natural garden you’ll ever witness.
Outdoor lovers can hike through Mount Mitchell State Park, where apart from the many rare species, the scenery will leave you breathless.
You can also climb up over 400 stairs to get to the top of Chimney Rock or ride the elevator. From the top, you will have an incredible vista of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure, as well as the way to Kings Mountain 75 miles to the east. There are many opportunities for hiking, climbing and sightseeing in the park.
In fact, there are over 30 more unique activities to do in the North Carolina Mountains, but it would take a day to describe them all.
See for yourself, and book a vacation rental in North Carolina!