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Winter Fun in the Blue Ridge Mountains

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Outdoor Activities in the Mountains

Outdoor and indoor activities for children and adults abound in the Blue Ridge Mountains. For the young and young at heart, there are numerous activities, from magical train rides through the mountains to wildlife tours on foot. Snow tubing for all ages (no experience required), as well as snowboarding and skiing opportunities are fantastic. Trails for beginners to experts are available, with modern facilities and breathtaking views. Our list of snow sports areas and ski resorts is located here. For current weather conditions check the mountain resort live webcams listed here. Of course, Grandfather Mountain and Chimney Rock Park are two of the most popular, awe inspiring attractions, offering spectacular panoramic views, with high mountain-top elevations, hiking trails, and exhibits…

Grandfather Mountain and Chimney Rock Park Photos

Zip line canopy tours are really fun, and the Blue Ridge Mountains have some of the fastest and most thrilling in the nation. Some zip line tours offer special winter rates, along with spectacular winter views of the mountains and valleys below. Look over the list of zip line canopy tours here. Hot air balloon rides are also available year round, and because balloons travel with the wind, you’ll only need a warm coat, hat, scarf and gloves to enjoy your flight. Our list of aviators is located here.

Indoor Fun in the Mountains

There are lots of ways to have fun learning and playing indoors during the winter. Kids of all ages will enjoy the many museums found in most Blue Ridge cities and towns. You’ll find them here on our Activities & Attractions page. Two of the most popular museums are Bennett Classic Cars and the WNC Air Museum.

Bennett Classic Car Museum and the WNC Air Museum

Youngsters love prospecting at mountain gem mines. Some gem mines, like Elijah Mountain, have indoor plumes and are open year round. Adults will find numerous wineries and local craft beer breweries to keep warm. And for those who want some special pampering and an enjoyable way to relax, the Blue Ridge Mountains offer excellent spas. We’ve compiled a list of them here.

WNC Local Craft Beer Breweries, Wineries and Vineyards

You’ll also find live theaters and other entertainment venues here. Shopping is another good way to stay warm during your winter break, and you’ll find many of the best boutiques and shopping areas here. Plus, art and craft galleries abound throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, from Boone to Cherokee, and every town in between. Check out our list here. Last but not least, finding the best places to eat will make your trip to the mountains more enjoyable. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner, a good breakfast, or a quick lunch, you’ll find what you need here. We hope you have a wonderful time in the mountains this winter!

Summer and Fall Activities in the Mountains

Summer and fall activities — indoors and outdoors, for children and adults — abound in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. For your convenience we’ve compiled an extensive list of the best ones here. For both the young and the young at heart, there is everything from magical train rides through the mountains to wildlife tours on foot … and everything in between.

Fast and Fun Zip Lines and Canopy Tours

Zip lines in the Blue Ridge Mountains are incredibly popular and exciting, and some of the fastest and most thrilling zip lines in the nation are located right here in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Our list includes zip lines for all ages, with no experience required.

Whitewater Rafting, Kayaking, Tubing, and Canoeing in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and tubing are very popular, and can be enjoyed both rain or shine. You’ll find our extensive list of fun and exciting outdoor water sports and adventures here.

Fly Fishing Guides and Outfitters in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Professional fly fishing guides help both novices and experienced fishermen have more fun and catch more fish on beautiful public and private mountain streams, lakes and rivers.

Horseback and Trail Rides in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Guided horseback rides offer an opportunity to explore the mountains in a fun way, and it’s a great activity for families and couples. For a totally unique perspective, view the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains from the air in a hot-air balloon.

Best Golf Courses in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

If you’re looking for a terrific golf experience, we’ve prepared a list of excellent mountain golf courses, all with challenging greens, beautiful layouts, scenic views, abundant wildlife, and great golf pros.

Grandfather Mountain Swinging Bridge Aerial Photo

Two of the most popular attractions are Grandfather Mountain with its lofty altitude, beautiful scenery, mile-high swinging bridge, environmental habitats for native wildlife, nature museum, restaurant, gift shop, hiking trails, picnic areas, naturalist programs and more. …and Chimney Rock Park, with its 400-ft.-high Hickory Nut Falls, nature trails, newly renovated elevator and Sky Lounge, guided hikes and rock climbing, workshops and many other special events.

Chimney Rock Park

Adults enjoy the many wineries, vineyards and craft beer breweries located near their inns and resorts. And some lodging facilities provide free transportation for guests.

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Those who enjoy two-wheeled touring will find motorcycle rental firms listed here.

Motorcycle Rental Firms in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Adults enjoy art and craft galleries throughout the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.

Art and Craft Galleries in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains

Day spas and shopping go hand in hand with vacations, so be sure to check out our lists.

Small Town Shops in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Every vacation deserves great food, so our list of restaurants in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains is guaranteed to wet your appetite and satisfy your palate, whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner, a hearty breakfast, a good lunch, or a fun family meal, you’ll find what you need here.

Maps of the Most Scenic Highways, Byways, and Mountain Roads

One of the most popular attractions in our area is the Blue Ridge Parkway and the many other scenic highways and byways. We’ve provided an extensive list of fun roads, with maps and information for great rides in the Blue Ridge Mountains. These roads have beautiful views and lots of curves and elevation changes. Clicking on each map will take you to an interactive Google map of the scenic road so you can zoom in or out, and get distances and other details.

You’ll also find information on the best inns, resorts, and vacation rentals on our Accommodations page.

We hope you have a wonderful time in the mountains this summer!

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