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1. Cool Off on One of Transylvania County’s Waterfall Hikes

If you don’t mind working for your waterfalls, lace up your hiking boots and journey to Transylvania County. The hikes are strenuous, but the payoff is sublime. Click here for a list of the waterfalls.

2. Vacation in a Secluded and Luxurious Yurt

A yurt resort overlooking Fontana Lake offers campers far more than s’mores. Read more about these unique homes and why we recommend experiencing the Nantahala from the plush digs of a yurt.

3. Enjoy a Memorable Meal at One of These Hot Spots

You don’t have to go far in any direction to find amazing chefs, meals, and restaurants in western North Carolina. Our list has your cravings covered. See the 19 western NC eateries we suggest you try this summer.


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4. Hike the Roan Balds and Other Sections of the Appalachian Trail

If you’re not able to make the full journey on the Appalachian Trail, or if you’re looking for an exciting day or weekend hiking trip through the mountains, here are five of our favorite Appalachian Trail section hikes in North Carolina.

5. Venture Beyond Asheville

Beyond the lovable quirkiness of downtown Asheville, a different kind of magic is waiting for you. See the list of towns we suggest you visit on your next trip out west.


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