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Ranked #1 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Specialty Museums
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Blue Ridge Parkway (Asheville)
Ranked #2 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Scenic Drives; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; National Parks
Owner description: This 469-mile scenic drive links Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while protecting the cultural and... more » Owner description: This 469-mile scenic drive links Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while protecting the cultural and natural features of the Blue Ridge. « less
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Dry Falls (Highlands)
Ranked #3 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Waterfalls

The newly renovated park is terrific - there is access for handicapped viewing of the falls, picnic tables and plenty of parking.  The view of the falls from the handicapped area... more »

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Cherohala Skyway (Robbinsville)
Ranked #4 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Scenic Drives
This scenic 36-mile road stretches from the mountains of North Carolina into the Tennessee backcountry.
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Pincu Pottery (Bryson City)
Ranked #5 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Educational Sites
Owner description: Browse the gallery and watch the potter at work. Pottery Classes, now only available in the summertime, fill quickly.... more » Owner description: Browse the gallery and watch the potter at work. Pottery Classes, now only available in the summertime, fill quickly. Please call to register. « less
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Ranked #6 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
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Ranked #7 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Theaters
A popular theater in the town.
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Ranked #8 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Historic Sites

Today the Carl Sandburg Home is a National Historic site. The estate offers a beautiful place to go when you want to get away, a world away. There are over 5 miles of hiking... more »

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Whiteside Mountain (Highlands)
Ranked #9 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Mountains
Owner description: Expert rock climbers are attracted to Whiteside Mountain, which offers some of the highest cliffs in the east, rising more... more » Owner description: Expert rock climbers are attracted to Whiteside Mountain, which offers some of the highest cliffs in the east, rising more than 2,100 feet to its summit at 4,930 feet. « less
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Ranked #10 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Sports Complexes
Owner description: Located just outside of downtown Asheville on 124 acres adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Resort. Asheville Zipline Canopy... more » Owner description: Located just outside of downtown Asheville on 124 acres adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Resort. Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures takes you on a 2-3 hour journey into 150 year old trees overlooking historic downtown Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains on 11 ziplines from several hundred feet to 1200 feet long. Additional adventures at the same location include a treetop adventure park, KidZip, and miles of mountain biking trails offering Asheville's only one stop complete outdoor adventure center. With over 40 years in the outdoor adventure industry, the family owned business is the most experienced outdoor adventure company in the SE with 3 generations involved in the operation. « less
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Biltmore Estate (Asheville)
Ranked #11 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Historic Sites

This is not a typical historic house tour.  First time visitors to Biltmore almost always underestimate the amount of time it takes to tour the estate. Arriving early is essential... more »

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Ranked #12 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
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Ranked #13 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
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Ranked #14 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Owner description: Brevard Music Center is, at once, a place, a summer institute, and a festival. The Music Center is situated on a wooded... more » Owner description: Brevard Music Center is, at once, a place, a summer institute, and a festival. The Music Center is situated on a wooded 180-acre campus in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Founded in 1936, the Music Center has matured into one of this country's premier summer training programs and festivals. More than 400 gifted students, ages 14 through post-college, come to the Music Center to study with members of a distinguished artist faculty and with renowned guest artists. For seven weeks, students participate in a vigorous program of instruction that includes ensembles, private lessons, and chamber music. Brevard's hallmark is the powerful sense of community that re-emerges every June, as faculty and students work together to present more than 80 concerts to the public. The total audience each summer numbers more than 30,000. For decades the Brevard Music Center has inspired devotion not only among its students and faculty but also among its listeners and among a vast corps of volunteers. That hundreds of persons have purchased homes in western North Carolina expressly to be near the Brevard Music Center gives some measure of the Center's significance to its community. « less
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Fine Arts Theater (Asheville)
Ranked #15 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Movie Theaters
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Mount Mitchell (Burnsville)
Ranked #16 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Mountains

Mount Mitchell is the tallest peak in the Eastern United States at well over a mile high. At an elevation of 6,684 feet (2,037 metres), the scenic landscape views from the... more »

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Ranked #17 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Owner description: Brevard, NC's Crystal Mountain Gem Mine brings you the unique experience of engaging in your own Gem Mining adventure! By... more » Owner description: Brevard, NC's Crystal Mountain Gem Mine brings you the unique experience of engaging in your own Gem Mining adventure! By joining us in our downtown Gem Mine - full of precious gems from private mine shafts around the world - you're able to mine for your own gemstones and try your luck at striking it rich! Just like a real prospector from the 1800's! « less
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Ranked #18 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Mountains; State Parks
This 15,000-acre North Carolina state park offers trout fishing, hiking, climbing and scenic waterfalls.
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Biltmore Gardens (Asheville)
Ranked #19 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
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Ranked #20 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Owner description: The Sapphire Sweet Shop and Gem Mine takes visitors back to the olden days. Our mine is set under a canopy of trees and... more » Owner description: The Sapphire Sweet Shop and Gem Mine takes visitors back to the olden days. Our mine is set under a canopy of trees and alongside a running stream. We are not plopped in a parking lot along the side of a busy road. We cater to families and assure that each and every person who walks onto our property has a great time at a reasonable price. The sweet shop is an old timey candy shop which looks the part and carries a line of hand-dipped chocolates, ice cream and retro candies. Out back you will find picnic areas, a log amphitheater and 4 primitive campsites. « less
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Ranked #21 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Horseback Riding Stables
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Ranked #22 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Theaters
Owner description: The regions award winning Semi-professional community theater presenting a year round schedule of plays and musicals. The... more » Owner description: The regions award winning Semi-professional community theater presenting a year round schedule of plays and musicals. The HART Main Stage season runs from late April through November. A CHRISTMAS CAROL is presented each December. January through March activities move to the intimate Feichter Studio Theater which presents a different production every two weeks. Productions range from classics, to major musicals to the latest dramas. Founded in 1984 HART's home, the Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, sits on an eight acre historic site just two blocks from Historic Waynesville's main St. « less
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Ranked #23 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Ranked #24 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Gardens; National Parks; Educational Sites

    Young or old,  male or female,  gardeners or non, hikers, bikers, and all, love the North Carolina Arboretum year round.  The views are spectacular and the outdoor Bonsai... more »

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Ranked #25 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Ranked #26 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Performances
Owner description: North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare Festival, the Montford Park Players presents free classical theatre under the... more » Owner description: North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare Festival, the Montford Park Players presents free classical theatre under the stars all summer long - donations are welcome. The Montford Park Players also presents an indoor season from October through April at Asheville's historic Masonic Temple downtown. « less
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Santeetlah Lake (Robbinsville)
Ranked #27 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Bodies of Water
Owner description: Part of the Nantahala National Forest, this recreational lake consists of 3,000 acres of open water in the midst of green... more » Owner description: Part of the Nantahala National Forest, this recreational lake consists of 3,000 acres of open water in the midst of green mountain slopes, and is ideal for fishing, kayaking and canoeing. « less
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Waterrock Knob (Maggie Valley)
Ranked #28 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Mountains
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Ranked #29 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #30 of 327 attractions in North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Category: Theaters
Owner description: Since 1946, Asheville Community Theatre has been dedicated to producing high quality theatre starring local performers. We'd... more » Owner description: Since 1946, Asheville Community Theatre has been dedicated to producing high quality theatre starring local performers. We'd love for you to join us when you're next in town - or we'd love to make a special trip to see one of our shows! « less
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