Boone, NC

Travel Guide
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.

Sleep Inn Boone University Area
Sleep Inn Boone University Area
2.5 out of 5
163 Highway 105 Extension, Boone, NC
The price is $66 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in the heart of Boone, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Horn in the West and Appalachian State University. Kidd Brewer Stadium and Appalachian Ski ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (969 reviews)
"Okay"

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2022

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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $94 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Situated in Boone, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Horn in the West and Appalachian State University. Daniel Boone Native Gardens and Hickory Ridge ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (977 reviews)
"We had a good time stay at the hotel"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

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
The price is $86 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Situated in Boone, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Daniel Boone Native Gardens and Appalachian State University. Boone Mall and Appalachian Ski Mtn. are ...
3.9/5 Good! (979 reviews)
"Very Good."

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2022

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Boone, NC
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Cozy Cabin in the Heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Cozy Cabin in the Heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Boone, NC
This family-friendly Boone cabin is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Watauga River, Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, and The Greater Foscoe Mining ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (94 reviews)
Great holiday trip
"Stayed for a short 3 nights over Thanksgiving. Great location, loved the wood burning fireplace, tons of space. Great kitchen with all the cookie utensils needed."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Cozy Cabin in the Heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Romance with this Gorgeous Mnt View’ minutes to downtown Boone , Gated community
Romance with this Gorgeous Mnt View’ minutes to downtown Boone , Gated community
Boone, NC
Located in the heart of Boone, this romantic vacation home is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Rich Mountain and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Appalachian State University. Turchin ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (231 reviews)
Boone stay
"Home was quaint with excellent view."

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

Romance with this Gorgeous Mnt View’ minutes to downtown Boone , Gated community
120 Yr Old Cabin, Great Couple/family Get Away
120 Yr Old Cabin, Great Couple/family Get Away
Boone, NC
Located in a rural location, this family-friendly cabin is within 6 mi (10 km) of Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex, Magic Mountain Mini Golf and Arcade, and Appalachian ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (175 reviews)
Beautiful getaway.
"Everything was so welcoming and beautiful. We enjoyed the peace and quiet of the property and being able to explore the property and beautiful streams. We will definitely be returning in the near future. Thank you for everything."

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2022

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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