A nationally noteworthy travel experience-and a travel story-is as close as the Boone Area High Country of North Carolina.
Did you know that North Carolina is the second-largest market for Christmas tree production in the United States? Watauga County accounts for about 3,000 acres of tree production. Christmas is a time to make memories and celebrate the passing year, why not start with a trip to the mountains to pick your very own tree, even the President of the United States has picked the White House tree from the High Country twelve times, more than any other state. Come on up for a late Appalachain State football game or catch the early part of ski season and take home a tree!
There are 407 national parks across the country with one stretching through the mountains of North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway. In the summer of 2016, the NPS will celebrate 100 years and the Blue Ridge Parkway will celebrate 80. Take this monumental occasion to join so many other visitors and drive America's Most Scenic Byway and observe the conservation of our nation's natural beauty!
Built in 1952, the Daniel Boone Amphitheater has been called the most beautiful outdoor theater in the East -- blending in with the natural surroundings, it is the perfect backdrop for Horn in the West outdoor drama. Horn in the West is the longest-running Revolutionary War outdoor drama in America. It's also the third oldest outdoor drama in the nation. For tickets and other information, please visit www.horninthewest.com
-Appalachian Spring! 2016 isn't far away ... Even Aaron Copland's symphony doesn't do justice to the season. In the Boone Area, a truly world-class bloom erupts for months as spring climbs slowly up the mountainsides in lime green buds and blooming wildflowers. Look down on it all from the Mile-High Swinging Bridge or the Blue Ridge Parkway's iconic Linn Cove Viaduct. The Parkway is the most visited unit of the national park system-in part because spring is so mesmerizing. Check our complete guide to the high road.
-Get carried aloft by culture: Art and entertainment events are a staple of the High Country calendar. An Appalachian Summer Festival featured world-class events into August, and Appalachian State's Performing Arts Series carries culture into winter. And don't forget Boone's fabulous First Friday Art Crawl, on the first Friday of each month, year-round.
-Spectacular Spas: Visit our spas and wellness page to see why Travel & Leisure singled out the Boone Area for international spa significance.
-The High Country Wine Trail. The High Country and surrounding areas are fast becoming one of the nation's most popular places for sophisticated sipping on a viticultural vacation. Tour our wineries on the new Boone Area Wine Trail and watch the video.
-The Blue Ridge Parkway wouldn't be the most popular unit of the National Park system if this High Country landmark weren't internationally significant. There is no bad time to cover the Parkway. Spring is perfect, but summer, fall, and even winter have their delights and devotees. The high road got its start, and was completed, in the Boone Area. Uncovering the hidden highlights of the high road is easy with local help!
-Outdoor Adventure. The most current outdoor pursuits have found a home in the High Country, from the refined casting of fly fishing, to the down-home fun of tubing on a lazy pristine stream (river levels are ample for autumn). Try rock climbing, bouldering, whitewater rafting, zip-lining, and more. Your entry to world-class stories on the hottest adventure sports is as close as the Boone Area.
-Cycling: Great cycling and popular events such as Blood, Sweat & Gears highlight the High Country summer calendar. Autumn is the perfect time of year set out on your bicycle.
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The Boone Area is never out of season. That means right now is a great time to explore-or cover-the High Country. The East's highest mountains create our surprising climate of cool summers and snowy winters. Whether you're talking climate-or just a cool place to live and visit-the Boone Area's media accolades reflect a reputation for national significance. Just glance to the right side of this page to see some recent media coverage.
National Geographic Adventure Magazine ranked the top 50 adventure towns in the United States and Boone NC took top honors as North Carolina's premier outdoor adventure destination.
Wright Tilley, Executive Director
Watauga County TDA
331 Queen Street, Suite 104
Boone, NC 28607