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North Carolina Attractions

Planning a visit to North Carolina? The Great Smoky Mountains have much to offer those who are looking for a quiet escape into nature. With plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors, from hiking to zip lining, and with charming towns full of flavor – you are sure to find activities that suit your vacation needs.

Biltmore Estate.

Biltmore Estate

Vanderbilt home, gardens and winery.
Location: Asheville, NC
Phone: 800-411-3812

Cades Cove Cabin.

Cades Cove

Lush valley surrounded by mountains. Wildlife sightings, historic buildings.
Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Church in the woods

Cataloochee Valley

Elk can be seen regularly in the fields, especially in the early morning and evening hours. Other wildlife commonly spotted include bear, deer, and turkeys.
Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Fly Fishing Museum logo.

Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians

Through exhibits and videos, you`ll learn about legendary “Stream Blazers”, the evolution of rods and reels, basic knots, fly-tying, types of gear, types of gamefish, regional fishing waters, and the history of fly fishing in the Southeast.
Location: 210 Main Street, Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone: 800-867-9246

Great Smoky Mountains.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park and discover the beauty of North Carolina. With hiking trails and scenic drives there is so much to do while you visit!

Classic train on the railroad.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Adventure by train on the historic Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Offering scenic Nantahala Gorge and Tuckasegee River Excursions, and other specialty packages like `Beer Tastin` at the Stations` and `Tarzan Train`. Complete with boxed lunch options for tours and full-service all-adult first class meal service there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Tall tree.

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

One of the most impressive examples of old-growth forest left in the United States.

Mountain Farm Museum exterior.

Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill

100-plus-year-old log house and farm buildings.
Location: Cherokee, NC

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Museum of the Cherokee Indian

An educational and interactive experience that retraces the 11,000 year history of the Cherokees.
Location: Cherokee, NC
Phone: 828-497-9010

Child looking at indian artwork.

Oconaluftee Indian Village

You`re transported back to witness the challenges of Cherokee life in the 1760s.
Location: Cherokee, NC
Phone: 866-544-4557

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Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual

The oldest Native American Arts cooperative in the US. Pottery, basket weaving, carving, and tool-making on display and for sale.
Location: Cherokee, NC
Phone: 828-497-3103

Smoky Mountain Trains Museum

Smoky Mountain Trains Museum

7,000 Lionel(TM) engines, cars, and accessories, impressive operating layout, children`s activity center.
Location: Bryson City, NC

Stecoah Valley Center theater.

Stecoah Valley Center

Summer music series in renovated schoolhouse. Artisans gallery open all year.
Location: Stecoah, NC
Phone: 828-479-3364

Swain County Heritage Museum

Swain County Heritage Museum

Located in the historic courthouse from 1908 in downtown Bryson City, NC, the Swain County Heritage Museum tells the story of Swain County and its people.
Location: 255 Main Street, Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone: 828-488-9010

Road to Nowhere tunnel.

The Road to Nowhere

After the original Highway 288 was buried under the waters of Fontana Lake in the 1940s, the National Park Service promised to reroute the highway along the north shore of the lake through the park. The lake project displaced more than a thousand families and cut off access to family cemeteries. Construction of six miles of the road was completed in the early 1970s. But environmental issues stopped construction and started years of debate about completion. In 2010, the project was finally put to rest and Swain County accepted a $52 million payment from the federal government not to complete the road.
Location: Old Highway 288

Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Indian Man dancing.