North Carolina Mountains, NC

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Grandfather Mountain showing a suspension bridge or treetop walkway as well as an individual male
Learn about Cherokee Indians in the museums of historic towns between ski slopes, lakes and nature trails among glorious rock formations.

Incorporating Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Stone Mountain State Park, the North Carolina Mountains form a vast undulating landscape across the state. Snowy climbs, gushing cascades and stunning lakes decorate the terrain surrounding historic towns. Make a base in one of the traditional towns and peruse the arts and handicrafts in community galleries.

Visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in the city of Cherokee, near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Learn about thousands of years of history before you trek north through the park. Among the highlights here are Mingo Falls, the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Indian Creeks Falls.

Travel east to Stone Mountain State Park and marvel at the enormous granite dome at its center. Fish for lake trout and ride horses along the nature trails. Hikers who follow a loop trail are treated to a view of the restored mid 19th-century Hutchinson Homestead. Enjoy a picnic at one of the shelters in these majestic surroundings.

In the northwestern corner of North Carolina, hike to the top of Grandfather Mountain and cross a bridge at dizzying heights for unforgettable views of the Blue Ridge Mountains range. Part of the Appalachian Mountain range, these forest-covered peaks are named for the blue tint they appear to possess from a distance.

Ski down the slopes of Beech Mountain or Sugar Mountain in winter. Stay in the nearby town of Boone and explore its myriad museums. Try hiking and camping in the Asheville and the Foothills region, ensuring you visit Chimney Rock, Lake Lure and the Biltmore estate.

Most of the mountainous terrain runs across the western ridge of North Carolina, approaching the border with Tennessee. Drive west from Charlotte for 100 miles (160 kilometers) to reach the eastern part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a couple of hours. Continue westward for Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The North Carolina Mountains dominate the western half of the state. Visit the area for fun outdoor activities and historic sites.

Where to stay in North Carolina Mountains

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road, NC
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road, NC
3 out of 5
199 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC, 28805
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $99 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Asheville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free area shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,623 reviews)
"Comfortable beds! Friendly staff. Good breakfast."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road, NC
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
4 out of 5
777 Casino Drive, Cherokee, NC, 28719
The price is $112 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Cherokee. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,665 reviews)
"I loved the casino, it was awesome and I honestly miss being there I want to go back very soon"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
The Omni Grove Park Inn
The Omni Grove Park Inn
4 out of 5
290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC, 28804
The price is $323 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Stay at this 4-star spa resort in Asheville. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 5 restaurants. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,002 reviews)
"Beautiful property"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

The Omni Grove Park Inn
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.
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Nantahala Outdoor Center
3.5 out of 5
13077 W Hwy 19, Bryson City, NC, 28713
The price is $130 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3.5-star cabin in Bryson City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a gift shop. Popular attractions Bryson City Gem Mine and Queens Creek Lake are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (28 reviews)
Expensive for the condition.
"A little expensive for what you get. Definitely was not crowded, so might be time to consider lowering the price."

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

Nantahala Outdoor Center
Foxhunt at Sapphire Valley by Capital Vacations
Foxhunt at Sapphire Valley by Capital Vacations
3.5 out of 5
127 B Cherokee Trail, Sapphire, NC, 28774
Stay at this 3.5-star golf condo in Sapphire. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a golf course. Our guests praise the quiet rooms and the overall value in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (275 reviews)
"The location was HUGE! We were very pleased with how appointed the location was. Very homey and cozy. I would highly recommend and stay again."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2022

Foxhunt at Sapphire Valley by Capital Vacations
Fairway Forest Resort
Fairway Forest Resort
3.5 out of 5
70 Sapphire Valley Road, Sapphire, NC, 28774
The price is $153 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3.5-star golf vacation home in Sapphire. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool in our reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (140 reviews)
relaxing hideout in the trees
"Nice relaxing place to get away while on a busy trip. Had a few issues--the information for late check-in had the incorrect street address--we spent at least 30 minutes under a lot of stress to find it after 10pm, wondering if we'd have to sleep in the car that night. Once we found it, all was well. ..."

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

Fairway Forest Resort
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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