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Information on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Fall Foliage Reports, Live Webcams, Balloon Rides, Snow Skiing and Tubing, and other attractions in the Blue Ridge Mountains is available here.
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…
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.
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.
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 — 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Those who enjoy two-wheeled touring will find motorcycle rental firms listed here.
Adults enjoy art and craft galleries throughout 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.
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!