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Things to do in Blue Ridge Mountains

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“A historic estate built in 1889 s-95 in The Blue Ridge Mountains 250 rooms French Renaissance chateau at a 178,926 square feet a must see any time of the year ,taking in the architectural design and breath taking gardens .tickets available on line 2 hr beautiful drive from villa in Murphy”
  • 388 locals recommend
National Park
“Venture away from the cabin and into the national park to take full advantage of the fresh mountain air, scenery, streams and hikes. ”
  • 166 locals recommend
Garden
“Ummmm. It's Moticello. Go. It's historic. It's Thomas Jefferson at his best. ;-) But seriously, if you are a history buff, this is a must. It's a little over an hour drive. ”
  • 196 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh serves the people of North Carolina and all visitors as a top destination for compelling encounters with art, inside and out. A stunning permanent collection, and high-profile traveling exhibitions come through here. The sculpture garden is vast and modern. If you are lucky enough to be here in summer, their summer music series is contemporary, bustling, and the setting is gorgeous. Bring a picnic. If you plan to imbibe, buy your alcohol there, they don’t let you haul it in. ”
  • 148 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“There are so many shops you could spend the day here! Great buys of name brand items. Fall and Christmas time can be busy so go early to get parking. Shops such as North Face, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Brighton, Under Armour, and so many more!”
  • 82 locals recommend
Rafting
“ Enjoy whitewater rafting and kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, deep water solo, rock climbing, ziplines, ropes courses, and mountain biking on 50+ mile trail system. River jam live music festivals and beer gardens during summer months. A great time to be had just a short 25min drive south.”
  • 172 locals recommend
Hotel
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“Looking for a night out on the town in Charlotte? Call your UBER and enjoy an experience that is memorable, fun and exciting. You’ll find outdoor patios, over 200 TV screens, a captivating rooftop venue, a five-screen state of the art cinema and an amazing bowling alley at the Epicentre. Cafés, restaurants and fine dining can easily take you from breakfast to late night dining; with over 25 venues featuring nightlife, restaurants and eateries. The Epicentre is the perfect spot, day or night! Centrally located on College, between Trade and Fourth Streets in the hub of The Queen City, the Epicentre is just minutes away from some of Charlotte’s biggest attractions including Spectrum Arena, Bank of America Stadium and the Charlotte Convention Center, the Epicentre is the perfect location to start or end your day with nonstop fun.”
  • 141 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“Home of the Carolina Panthers, this stadium host the premier football team, if you are able to catch a game this is a can't miss”
  • 91 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“The Sunny point is a great spot for breakfast and was featured on Good Morning America! Yup you’ve got to wait in line but they have a beautiful garden to stroll and coffee set up outside for your enjoyment while you wait.”
  • 260 locals recommend
Theme Park
“COPPERHEAD STRIKE Experience the Carolinas' first double-launch coaster. Rides Roller Coasters Thrill Rides Family Rides Kids Rides Scheduled Ride Closures Splash Carolina Harbor Slides & Attractions Cabanas Harbor House Experience Shows Special Events Drinks & Dining”
  • 100 locals recommend
Park
“Waterfalls galore on easy to hike trails. This hike has the most bang for the buck!!”
  • 216 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Fabulous family friendly Themepark. Great entertainment to just stroll or ride one of the many rollercoasters. ”
  • 90 locals recommend
Outdoor Event Space
“Sierra Nevada is a must-visit. The brewery is huge, and while you’re waiting for a table, you can walk around the brewery to see behind-the-scenes. Don’t forget to order the duck fat fries! ”
  • 220 locals recommend
Zoo
“really big zoo and great for families! a lot of events going on at different times in the year”
  • 73 locals recommend
Museum
“Race City USA! See what this great place offers- for race fans young and old! Theres something for everyone.”
  • 83 locals recommend
Park
“Something that doesn't cost any money. Play soccer, volleyball, cycling, picnic, jog, walk or throw the baseball, football or frisbee. ”
  • 84 locals recommend

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Rafting
“ Enjoy whitewater rafting and kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, deep water solo, rock climbing, ziplines, ropes courses, and mountain biking on 50+ mile trail system. River jam live music festivals and beer gardens during summer months. A great time to be had just a short 25min drive south.”
  • 172 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“The Sunny point is a great spot for breakfast and was featured on Good Morning America! Yup you’ve got to wait in line but they have a beautiful garden to stroll and coffee set up outside for your enjoyment while you wait.”
  • 260 locals recommend
Hotel
“A gorgeous hotel that's open to the public. Explore the 1920's era building, enjoy the great room with its giant fireplaces, and catch the sunset from their patio with a beverage. ”
  • 195 locals recommend
Brewery
“Great craft beer, bought out by Anheuser Busch but no major changes and still worth a visit ”
  • 167 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“This place gets all the press. You need a reservation way ahead of time but early or late you might get a spot at the bar”
  • 192 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“One of the most well-known restaurants in Pigeon Forge, The Old Mill is an excellent choice to sit down and relax for a "home-cooked meal." We like to go here for lunch to avoid crowds and then walk through the shops afterward. Don't forget to get a picture in front of the mill while you're there!”
  • 78 locals recommend
Bakery
“This hip, 24/7 French bakery & cafe draws a crowd for pastries, light fare & coffee drinks. ”
  • 97 locals recommend
Bar
“Cuisine for the sophisticated palate. Menu changes frequently. Delightful. Small space, need reservation. $$$”
  • 169 locals recommend

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