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BooneUnited States of America

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

This was taken at a shopping center in Banner Elk. The entire center is designed to have this “old timey” feel. The shops have been upkept with this sort of historic architecture. There is this idea that Appalachia is somewhat detached from modernity, and commercial architects like to play into this. The same effect is seen in other parts of Appalachia and just on the east coast in general, for example Williamsburg, VA. The reality is that this “quaint” little town is just the same as any other place in the United States. We’re looking at BB&T, a commercial bank that is far from particular to place. The region of Appalachia can sometimes be less distinct than we like to think, and I feel this image captures this sort of denial of singularity. #appalachianechoes


When in Tynecastle, you can plan a visit to Sugar Mountain Resort and Hawksnest Tubing Park, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.


Top Hotels in Boone

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 $101 per night

Situated in Boone, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Daniel Boone Native Gardens and Appalachian State University. Boone Mall and Tweetsie Railroad are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (990 reviews)

"The location was clean and convenient. We will be back."…"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Boone, NC
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Boone
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Boone
2.5 out of 5
165 Highway 105 Extension, Boone, NC
The price is $104 per night

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (989 reviews)

"Great stay and location overall cleanliness nearby restaurants"…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Boone
The Lodge at Chetola Resort
The Lodge at Chetola Resort
3.5 out of 5
185 Chetola Lake Drive, Blowing Rock, NC
The price is $209 per night

This family-friendly Blowing Rock resort is located on a lake, within 3 mi (5 km) of The Blowing Rock and Mystery Hill. Tweetsie Railroad and Horn in the West ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (840 reviews)

"Excellent service from the staff. Comfortable rooms and great food. Beautiful property within walking distance to Blowing Rock."…"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

The Lodge at Chetola Resort

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Grandfather Mountain
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Grandfather Mountain

4.5/5(254 reviews)

Walk the Mile High Swinging Bridge, hike along one of the many trails and visit the nature museum at this remarkable mountain near Linville, North Carolina. 

Appalachian State University
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Appalachian State University

4.5/5(363 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe around Appalachian State University, a top college in Boone. Discover the area's mountain views, or seek out its hiking trails.

Tweetsie Railroad
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Tweetsie Railroad

4.5/5(137 reviews)

Enjoy the thrills at Tweetsie Railroad and see why this is a popular amusement park in Blowing Rock. Discover the area's mountain views, or seek out its hiking trails.

Beech Mountain Resort
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Beech Mountain Resort

4.5/5(113 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Beech Mountain Resort, a top ski area in Banner Elk. Amble around this family-friendly area's college campus, or seek out the hiking trails.

Kidd Brewer Stadium
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Kidd Brewer Stadium

Catch an event at Kidd Brewer Stadium, and enjoy other activities in Boone such as hiking. Amble around the area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

Land of Oz
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Land of Oz

4.5/5(29 reviews)

Enjoy a fun-filled day at Land of Oz during your visit to Beech Mountain. Discover the area's mountain views, or seek out its ski slopes.

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Reviews of Boone


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5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
4 - Good 35.04983388704319%
3 - Okay
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4/5 - Good

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May 29, 2020

The famous bbq restaurant was in a limited menu and server don’t mentioned at the beginning, we found out after what we want wasn’t available.

5/5 - Excellent

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May 21, 2020

The Ovid 19 was still in place when we traveled , so there was very little open in Boone , therefore we WILL BE COMMING BACK because Boone has much to offer .

1/5 - Terrible

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May 5, 2020

Wouldnt go back

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Loved staying at the Chetola Resort

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 2, 2020

Quaint little town. Went to visit App State for my daughter who is considering it as one of her college choices.

3/5 - Okay


Feb 24, 2020

Lots to do but getting too crowded

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