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North Carolina Mountains, NC
Travel Guide

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $114 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Situated in Asheville, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fine Arts Theatre, The Orange Peel, and Biltmore Estate. Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and Beaver ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,690 reviews)
"Clean. Updated. Good breakfast. It’s still a drive to the downtown area but it’s not too far. Plenty of places to eat nearby."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road, NC
The Omni Grove Park Inn
The Omni Grove Park Inn
4 out of 5
290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC
The price is $359 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
This family-friendly Asheville resort is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of University of North Carolina at Asheville, Thomas Wolfe Memorial and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (992 reviews)
"Beautiful spa. Loved the great hall at night. Delicious food"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

The Omni Grove Park Inn
Hyatt Place Asheville/Downtown
Hyatt Place Asheville/Downtown
3 out of 5
199 Haywood St, Asheville, NC
The price is $152 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 12
Located in Downtown Asheville, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau and Grove Arcade. Downtown Market Asheville and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (970 reviews)
"Good location in that it’s a very easy walk into downtown Asheville. Some of the rooms overlook the highway which can be noisy. Nice hotel overall."

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Hyatt Place Asheville/Downtown
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Smoky View Cottages & RV Resorts
Smoky View Cottages & RV Resorts
2.5 out of 5
72 Crider Circle, Maggie Valley, NC
The price is $149 per night from Jul 14 to Jul 14
Situated on a river, this cabin is within a 15-minute walk of Wheels Through Time Museum and Maggie Valley Gem Mine. Cataloochee Ski Area and Cataloochee Valley ...
4.2/5Excellent! (67 reviews)
"Everyone was super friendly and welcoming! Loved our little cabin next to the creek. All the wildlife come right up to us. Amazing!"

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Smoky View Cottages & RV Resorts
Panther Creek Cabins
Panther Creek Cabins
3 out of 5
3415 Wrights Creek Road, Cherokee, NC
Situated near the airport, this spa cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Harrahs Cherokee Casino, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and Oconaluftee Indian Village. Great ...
3.7/5Good! (41 reviews)
"Very good, calm and relaxing place very clean cabin, I would stay again"

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

Panther Creek Cabins
The Highlands at Sugar by Capital Vacations
The Highlands at Sugar by Capital Vacations
3 out of 5
2173 Sugar Mountain Drive, Banner Elk, NC
Situated in Banner Elk, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sugar Mountain Resort, Sugar Creek Gem Mine, and Linville River. Grandfather Mountain ...
4.1/5Very Good! (457 reviews)
"The fan in the bedroom was broken, went to the desk and the "fixer guy" handled it right away. Very friendly. The water in the shower made a weird noise and the people above us were very loud sounded like they were taking Zumba classes the whole day. Other than that, we enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2021

The Highlands at Sugar by Capital Vacations
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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