Asheville & The Foothills-
Travel down the Blue Ridge Parkway and you’ll discover the quirky charm of an area filled with art galleries, craft breweries, up-and-coming bands and natural attractions. Nestled in the mountains, Asheville is where you’ll find Biltmore, America’s largest home and the nation’s most visited winery. Hendersonville hosts the North Carolina Apple Festival, Black Mountain has camping, and Hot Springs boasts natural mineral pools. In the foothills, visit historic Morganton, see for 75 miles atop Chimney Rock, or enjoy boating at Lake Lure.
The High Country-
North Carolina’s High Country is an outdoor playground year-round. In the warmer months you’ll find some of the best camping, hiking, biking and fishing around. Take the family for a ride on Tweetsie Railroad. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and make a stop at Blowing Rock or Boone for great local dining, shopping and attractions. Visit Grandfather Mountain in July for the Highland Games annual Scottish festival. In the winter, ski at Appalachian, Beech or Sugar mountains, or find the perfect Christmas tree in Spruce Pine.
The Smoky Mountains & Cherokee-
Known by the Cherokee Indians as the “land of the blue mist,” North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains honor their journey through art exhibits, museums and outdoor drama. It’s hard not to feel nostalgic here – especially if you explore 53 miles of scenic mountain terrain on a vintage locomotive. Those looking for a little luxury can give world-class gaming a try at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. But the natural beauty that first drew explorers is still preserved in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Land of the Waterfalls and the nation’s first fly fishing trail.
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