The North Carolina mountains offers much to do outdoors. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway for scenic views. Go whitewater rafting, hiking the Appalachian trail or elsewhere, ski resorts, hot mineral springs, mountain biking, horseback riding, national forests to explore. You can also attend festivals. Visit museums, historic sites and art galleries. Go antique hunting. Shop at boutiques or shopping malls. Attend the theatre. With so many things to see and do, you can spend a month or more exploring.
Asheville - Explore art museums, Biltmore Estate and Winery, gardens, Folk Art center, arboretum, museums, historic sites, hiking, biking, fishing, outdoor adventure, Blue Ridge Parkway, parks, Farmers Market and nature center.
Bakersville - See Dellinger's Mill, the oldest grist mill in NC. Discover nature gardens with rhododendrons, grassy balds and spruce fir forests atop Roan Mountain.
Banner Elk - whitewater rafting, canoeing, on Watauga River, skiing in Winter.
Beech Mountain - highest ski resort in eastern USA, 5506 feet above sea level. Go Alpine skiing, ice skating, snowboarding and snow tubing.
Black Mountain - See Swannanoa Valley Museum and explore history of the valley from the stone age.
Blowing Rock - observation tower, gardens, arts center, parks, museums and Tweetsie Railroad.
Boomer - Cerminaro Vineyard.
Boone - Ski resorts, gardens, gem mine, museum and Horn in the West outdoor drama play.
Brevard - historic district, museums, waterfalls, wildlife education center with aquariums and fish hatchery, Silvermont Mansion built 1902 and Sliding Rock.
Bryson City - Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, whitewater rafting on Nantahala river, Nantahala National forest and Smoky Mountain trains.
Burnsville -Mt. Mitchell state park, museum.
Cherokee - Indian reservation, museums, casino, arts and crafts, Santa's Land Fun Park and Zoo, Unto these Hills Outdoor Drama play.
Chimney Rock - views, unique rock formations, nature center.
Columbus - Winery, Shunkawauken falls.
Connelly Springs - South Mountains State Park, fish trout streams, mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking. See High Shoals Falls on Jacob's Fork River.
Cullowhee - Judaculla Rock with unexplained hieroglyphics carved into it, Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina university.
Dillsboro - Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
Flat Rock Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock Play house theatre, historic district.
Fontana Village - located on Lake Fontana, Fontana Dam.
Franklin - museums, outfitters.
Glendale Springs - churches of the Frescos Holy Trinity church - Fresco by Ben Long and others.
Hendersonville - historic sites, downtown, DuPont State Forest, State Forrest, museums.
Highlands - waterfalls, museums, Whiteside mountain, Nantahala National forest, trails
Hot Springs - hot natural springs, hiking, whitewater rafting, canoeing on the French Broad river.
Jefferson - Mount Jefferson State Natural Area - scenic views, nature trail, forest, a national natural landmark.
Lake Lure near Chimney Rock - Beach resorts, bottomless pools.
Lenoir - furniture outlet stores, museum, state forest with picnic areas, trails.
Linville - Grandfather mountain with wildlife, nature museum and mile high swinging bridge.
Linville Falls - Linville Gorge Wilderness Area - wildlife, nature trails, fishing.
Little Switzerland - gemstone mine.
Maggie Valley - Catalooschee Ski Area, museum.
Marion - historic district, historic sites, Linville Caverns, gem mine, campground.
Mars Hill - museum, Mars Hill college, Wolf Ridge ski resort, mountain biking, fly fishing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking.
Marshall - historic sites, Nantahala River outpost, French Broad river, white water rafting.
Murphy - gem mine, historical museum, Fields of the Wood - mountainside display of 10 commandments.
Nebo - Lake James State Park, hiking trails.
Pisgah Forest - historical sites, Cradle of Forestry.
Roaring Gap - Stone Mountain State Park - trout fishing, rock climbing, hiking trails and waterfalls.
Robbinsville - Cherohala Skyway, Nantahala National forest, picnics, hiking, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, museums, Tail of the Dragon.
Saluda - antique shops, hiking trails
Sapphire - Gorges State park, waterfalls, ski area, snowboarding.
Seven Devils - Hawksnest Ski resort, ski and snowboard.
Spruce Pine - gemstone mine, historic sites, museum.
Sugar Mountain - alpine snow ski area, trails, mountain bike trails.
Tryon - small town with arts and crafts shops
Valle Cruces - Mast General Store.
Weaverville - Zebulon B. Vance birthplace State Historic site.
West Jefferson - Cheese company, Churches of the Frescoes St. Mary's with artwork by Ben Long.
Wilkesboro - Frescoes at St. Paul's Episcopal church by Ben Long, W. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir - fishing, Wilkes county college gardens, museum.