Cocooned in the Blue Ridge Mountains region of North Carolina, Boone is a
four-season playground with something
for everyone. This idyllic community,
named one of America’s best small towns,
is home to a major university and a top-ranked regional medical center.
The area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Along with Durango, CO,
Bend, OR, and North Vancouver, British
Columbia, Boone was selected as one of
four multi-sport vacation destinations
in North America in the May 2005 issue
of Adventure Sports Magazine.
There are dozens of opportunities for
adventures and seemingly endless trails
for hiking, running, biking, backpacking and camping. You can enjoy some of
the most beautiful whitewater rafting in
the world or float quietly down the New
River on a giant inner tube. Bouldering
and rock-climbing are nearby for the
more adventurous enthusiast. There are
4,200 miles of streams and several small
lakes located off the Blue Ridge Parkway
where trout and small-mouth bass are
plentiful. Outside, on a starry night, it is
easy to see why Boone is called the firefly
capital of America.
Shoppers will find locally owned one-of-a-kind stores downtown, larger retail
stores at the Boone Mall and outlet shopping in nearby Blowing Rock. Dining options are equally varied and plentiful.
On cool summer nights, Boone comes
alive with the performances of “An Appalachian Summer.” Daniel Boone takes to
the stage in “Horn in the West,” the nation’s third-oldest outdoor drama. Many
bluegrass musicians and Appalachian
storytellers also perform in the area. Explore the past at Hickory Ridge Homestead, and see how early settlers adapted
to mountain life in the late 1700s. Saturday mornings are the time to go to the
Watauga County Farmers Market.
left: © istockphoto.com/kevin Brett; center: © istockphoto.com/ken canning; right: n.c. division of tourism, film & sports and the Boone convention and visitors Bureau