Boone, NC

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Grandfather Mountain showing a bridge
Go rafting, horseback riding and hiking or spend your days shopping and dining in this picturesque college town in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Boone is a college town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Sip coffee in cafés or hop between student bars. Get out into the surrounding nature and go hiking, rafting and horseback riding through the stunning mountain range.

The town is named for legendary American explorer Daniel Boone, who camped here several times during his travels. Every summer since 1952, the town's outdoor amphitheater puts on a theatrical retelling of Boone's life.

Boone is home to Appalachian State University, which caters to about 17,000 students. College students fill the town’s cafés and bars. On weekends, watch the university’s sports team, the Mountaineers, play a home game.

Go shopping in some of the boutiques that line downtown streets. Explore the galleries that are contributing to the growing arts scene.

Families with children will love the Children's Playhouse, a museum aimed at Boone's younger visitors. Create artwork and play in interactive exhibits. Foggy Mountain Gem Mine is another family-friendly destination. Armed with all the tools you need, dig into their rock selection and see what gems you can discover.

Take advantage of Boone’s picturesque location in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Go rafting down New River, which runs through town. Explore the area by kayak or purchase a rod to go fishing. Go mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding along one of the area's many trails. All activities can be organized at the Boone Visitor Information Center on the main strip in downtown. From here you can walk the Greenway Trail, a paved path that curves through the woods and along the river.

Rent a car to get to Boone from nearby cities. Charlotte, North Carolina is 117 miles (188.3 kilometers) south. Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is a destination in itself. This scenic National Parkway and All-American Road stretches for 469 miles (755 kilometers) through Virginia and North Carolina along the Appalachian Mountains.

Where to stay in Boone

Sleep Inn Boone University Area
Sleep Inn Boone University Area
2.5 out of 5
163 Highway 105 Extension, Boone, NC, 28607
The price is $81 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
$81
per night
Feb 12 - Feb 13
Stay at this motel in Boone. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,025 reviews)
"Good value . Checks all the boxes needed. Will be back again"

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Sleep Inn Boone University Area
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Boone University
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Boone University
2.5 out of 5
165 Highway 105 Extension, Boone, NC, 28607
The price is $108 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
$108
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Boone. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,034 reviews)
"I loved my room. Had the luxury suite and the jacuzzi was devine! Will be staying there again!"

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Boone University
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Boone, NC
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Boone, NC
3 out of 5
818 E King St, Boone, NC, 28607
The price is $102 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
$102
per night
Feb 6 - Feb 7
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Boone. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,017 reviews)
"Friendliest staff ever!!! Super convenient to App State. The suite was large and we appreciated the bathroom is outside the bedroom for easy access for those sleeping on the fold out sofa. The free breakfast was quite good. There were bleach stains in the hallway carpet and bathroom could have been ..."

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Boone, NC
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
A mountain sanctuary close to town with a beautiful view.
A mountain sanctuary close to town with a beautiful view.
Boone, NC
Stay at this apartment in Boone. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (107 reviews)
"Amazing views and amazing hosts. 10/10"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2023

A mountain sanctuary close to town with a beautiful view.
Cabin in gated community peaceful restful and still minutes to downtown Boone
Cabin in gated community peaceful restful and still minutes to downtown Boone
Boone, NC
Stay at this vacation home in Boone. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family amenities in our reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (185 reviews)
Really enjoyed the stay my full size pick up was a little tricky to turn around but managed
"No problem finding the property. Beautiful cabin"

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2022

Cabin in gated community peaceful restful and still minutes to downtown Boone
120 Yr Old Cabin, Great Couple/family Get Away
120 Yr Old Cabin, Great Couple/family Get Away
Boone, NC
Stay at this family-friendly cabin in Boone. Enjoy onsite parking, a garden, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (218 reviews)
Country getaway
"Great to stay in an old house. I was fun staying in the room with wood heat and playing board games with my wife."

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

120 Yr Old Cabin, Great Couple/family Get Away
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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