Western North Carolina
It's little wonder why so many people are drawn to the mountains of Western North Carolina, with their breathtaking views, fiery autumn colors, thundering waterfalls and lazy streams. This part of the country offers a unique charm and a relaxed pace of living unlike anywhere else. The Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountains afford an abundance of outdoor activities: hiking, rafting, rock climbing, spelunking, fishing and much more. And Asheville, North Carolina—the region’s largest city and cultural center—is just a short drive away, where you can find galleries, grand resorts, restaurants, nightclubs, shops, theatres and a number of other area attractions.
It seems like there is no end to the number of attractions in Western North Carolina. These are just a few of our favorites.
Biltmore Estate, Gardens & Winery (Asheville, NC; 31 miles)
This stunning 250-room chalet built by George Vanderbilt in 1895 is the largest private residence in America and restored to its original elegance. Restaurants, gardens, winery and shops are part of the 8,000-acre estate and are open for tours.
Chimney Rock Park (Chimney Rock, NC; 23 miles)
At this North Carolina state park, an elevator ride takes you up 26 stories to the top of Chimney Rock for 75-mile views of a thousand acres of trails, waterfalls and wildflowers.
Connemara (Flat Rock, NC; 5.5 miles)
Connemara was the home of poet, historian, author and Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sandburg. The barn still houses members of his original goat herd.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
America's most scenic highway hugs mile-high mountainsides and rises above a patchwork of villages, forests and farms. Frequent overlooks offer fantastic views.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
America's most visited park contains 700 miles of rivers, 800 miles of trails, 20,000 acres of virgin forest, over 1,600 varieties of wildflowers and an abundance of wildlife.
Flat Rock Playhouse (Flat Rock, NC; 5 miles)
The State Theatre of North Carolina, the Flat Rock Playhouse attracts actors from Broadway, television and film. It has offered performances to sold-out crowds for more than 50 years.
Diana Wortham Theatre (Asheville, NC)
The Diana Wortham Theatre offers live performances of music, theatre and dance throughout the year by nationally touring artists, as well as a wide array of performances by professional and avocational regional arts groups.
Brevard Music Center (Brevard, NC; 20 miles)
The Brevard Music Center is home to the South's most exciting classical music festival and events ranging from opera and symphony to Broadway and pop.
Pisgah National Forest
An 11-mile stretch of US 276 includes campsites, picnic sites, tubing, the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, and sites like Sliding Rock, the Looking Glass Falls, the Pink Beds and the Cradle of Forestry.
Asheville, North Carolina (30 miles)
This city of approximately 70,000 is known as one of the cultural centers of the South. Asheville has received more accolades as a place to visit and live than can possibly be listed. The city features an active, year-round nightlife with almost unlimited entertainment, dining, galleries, brewpubs, shops, live entertainment and more.
Greenville, South Carolina (43 miles)
Greenville's international community has created sophisticated dining and entertainment opportunities, and its large population of artists and craftspeople results in numerous art galleries, craft shops and cultural events.