Western North Carolina has been a vacation destination for over a century. Tourism in the area is a booming business as is the local real estate market. By simply exploring the area for yourself, you can easily see why! Whether you enjoy antique shopping, hiking,
fishing, or historic sites, the area has something to offer for everyone. Whether you are looking for a place to relocate or simply vacation, the Western N.C. area is just the place you have been looking for.
Western North Carolina is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area is loaded with a variety of attractions which range from national parks to historic sites. If you prefer the outdoors there are plenty of places to hike, fish and camp. If you prefer indoor activities there are plenty of shops, art galleries, and historic places you can visit. The area has an abundance of things for you to do and see.
Some of the best places to visit in the Western North Carolina area are listed below:
Downtown Asheville: Downtown Asheville is known for its vibrant art and music scene. You can spend some time people watching while you enjoy a local coffee shop, take in a local music club, eat at a variety of restaurants, go on an art walk to visit the city’s 30+ galleries, or you can simply walk around and shop in the quaint shops which line the downtown streets.
Historic Downtown Hendersonville: Historic Downtown Hendersonville is known for both the North Carolina Apple Festival, celebrated each year over the Labor Day weekend, and The Mineral & Lapidary Museum of Henderson County.
Connemara: Connemara is a National Historic Site and the home of famous American Poet, Carl Sandburg. Tours of the home area available and you are able to roam around the 5-acre property at your leisure.
Flat Rock Playhouse: The Flat Rock Playhouse is The State Theatre of North Carolina and has been in existence for over 70 years. Here you can catch the latest production.
The North Carolina Arboretum: The North Carolina Arboretum is a 434-acre site with a focus on education, economic development, research, conservation and garden demonstrations with respect to landscape design, architecture, and plant sciences. The site has 1.8 miles of Bent Creek running through it. The Arboretum offers classes and nature walks for visitors of all ages and abilities.
The Biltmore Estate: The Vanderbilt Family Biltmore Estate is located in Asheville, N.C. and offers its visitors tours of the Biltmore House, the Biltmore Gardens, the River Bend Farm, an award-winning winery, shops, restaurants, and an amazing 8,000-acre backyard where you can play and explore.
The Blue Ridge Parkway: The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most popular parts of the National Park System. Known as “America’s Favorite Drive,” the Parkway is 469 miles of highway which travels through some of the most scenic mountains and vistas in the United States.
Pisgah National Forest: The Pisgah National Forest contains some of the most beautiful scenery of the Western North Carolina area. From meadows to rugged mountains there is a view for everyone to enjoy. Camping in the Pisgah National Forest is plentiful as is hiking and fishing.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the United States. It offers you camping, fishing, horseback riding and miles upon miles of hiking trails.
As you can see, the Western North Carolina area has something to offer for everyone.