Explore the top things to do in Boone and North Carolina’s High Country

Booking a comfortable room at the Country Inn & Suites in Boone puts you close to a variety of things to do, from fly-fishing, rafting, and hiking to browsing shops and enjoying local arts. For unforgettable family adventures, visit Grandfather Mountain and cross the Mile High Swinging Bridge to get a bird’s-eye view of the region, or head to Hawksnest and experience the thrill of riding on one of the country’s longest zip lines. Everyone will enjoy the popular outdoor drama Horn in the West, which brings 18th-century frontier history to life every summer. In the winter, you can hit the slopes at nearby ski resorts. Prefer indoor activities? Spend some time shopping in Boone’s charming downtown or catch an art exhibition at Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center, both just minutes from the hotel.

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Appalachian State University

0.99 mi / 1.59 km from the hotel
Cheer on the Mountaineers at Kidd Brewer Stadium, attend a concert in the Schaefer Center, or browse the displays in the visual arts center at this acclaimed university.

Sugar Mountain Resort

12.39 mi / 19.94 km from the hotel
Whether you prefer a winter ski trip or a hiking and biking excursion in the summer, you can explore Sugar Mountain throughout the year.

Moses H Cone Memorial Park

5.44 mi / 8.76 km from the hotel
This sprawling park began as Flat Top Manor, an impressive estate built by textile tycoon Moses H. Cone in 1901. Today, guests can tour the 23-room mansion, shop at the on-site craft center for local art, or hike the trails through the beautiful forests and fields.

Beech Mountain Resort

12.14 mi / 19.54 km from the hotel
At Beech Mountain Resort, you can enjoy the outdoors year-round. Ski, snowboard, or tube during the winter, and mountain climb or play disc golf during the summer.

Boone Golf Club

1.92 mi / 3.09 km from the hotel
Challenge yourself at this 18-hole course with scenic mountain views and a pro shop. After your game, enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant.

Foscoe Fishing Company

7.25 mi / 11.67 km from the hotel
Gather your gear and plan an expedition at the High Country’s only Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing guide company. Cast a line into the Watauga River or other nearby rivers and mountain streams.

Grandfather Mountain

13.77 mi / 22.16 km from the hotel
Pack your hiking boots for an outing at Grandfather Mountain, where you can walk on the Mile High Swinging Bridge and explore miles of trails. Be sure to tour the nature museum to see one of the largest amethysts ever found in North America.


10.5 mi / 16.9 km from the hotel
Whether you want to race down 400 feet of snow on a tube or speed through the trees at 50 miles per hour on a zip line, Hawksnest offers thrilling activities for the whole family.

Linville Caverns

25.65 mi / 41.29 km from the hotel
Travel inside Humpback Mountain to admire stunning rock formations and an underground stream, home to cave-dwelling fish.

The Orchard at Altapass

31.13 mi / 50.1 km from the hotel
From heirloom apple trees to monarch butterfly hatcheries, this orchard’s attractions focus on preservation. You can pick more than 30 varieties of apples and then visit the General Store for other locally made treats.

Tweetsie Railroad

3.34 mi / 5.37 km from the hotel
Ride vintage steam locomotives, mine for gems, watch a show, and take an old-fashioned family photo when you visit this family-friendly Wild West theme park.

Valle Crucis

6.39 mi / 10.29 km from the hotel
Featuring dozens of 18th- and 19th-century structures, the entire community of Valle Crucis is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.