The spectacular views in North Carolina’s High Country aren’t just inspiration for writers, painters, and sculptors. Those landscapes — the rugged gray face of Grandfather Mountain, the vibrant fall leaves, the deep green meadows — are brushstrokes on Earth’s own canvas.
35 Amazing Historic Places to See in North Carolina
The National Register of Historic Places has documented some 95,000 structures, sites, and districts across the country. In North Carolina, around 2,900 properties — from churches and cotton mills to farms, homes, and schools — have earned this designation. Now, these special spots representing our state’s history are known nationwide.
This Weekend in North Carolina: July 13-16
Your curated guide to events happening across the state this weekend, from the mountains to the coast.
Open-Sky Camping Across North Carolina
Drive away from the cities, away from lights, to a place where the sky is as dark as it gets — and set up camp beneath the stars.
The Course of Nature at Chetola Resort
At Chetola Resort, a place of refuge in North Carolina’s ancient mountains, a couple contemplates their long relationship, and the finite moments that remain.
20 Best-Kept Secrets of the NC High Country
North Carolina's High Country — composed of six mountain counties — is such a well-known tourist destination you might think you've seen all there is to see there. But if you've spent any time in the area, you know it's more gravel road than beaten path. Here, we reveal twenty of the High Country's best-kept secrets to reintroduce you to a region you thought you already knew.
An Ode to a Southern Staple: Grits
Some grits recipes are passed down for generations. Other flavorful preparations are created in the kitchens of innovative chefs. Then there are those newfound traditions born from curiosity and happenstance.
The History of Grandfather Mountain’s Mile-High Swinging Bridge
For more than 50 years, Grandfather Mountain’s Mile-High Swinging Bridge has challenged millions of visitors to abandon solid ground and revel in some of western North Carolina’s most inspiring views.