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Western North Carolina shopping & attractions - Explore - 1Unique Shops

Looking to get a little shopping in during your stay?  Well, you are in the right place!  Whether it's a gift for that special someone or you've discovered one of Western North Carolina's great activities but don't have the proper equipment, you'll find it all right here. read more »

Western North Carolina shopping & attractions - Explore - 2Events & Festivals

"There is always something going on in our "neck of the woods."  It could be anything from a dazzling gem show to a sultry summer Friday night of music and dancing on the local square.  Perhaps the best way to really meet and interact with the locals and local culture is to attend one of the many events and festivals that are put on throughout the year."   read more »

Western North Carolina shopping & attractions - Explore - 3Gem Mining

"Gem Mining has always been a big attraction for folks to enjoy when they visit.  Rockhounds from all over the country have been coming to our area for years now and for good reason.  An untold amount of sapphires, rubies and other semiprecious stones have been uncovered in our area since mining began, bringing people back year after year." read more »

Western North Carolina shopping & attractions - Explore - 4Places of Interest

Come explore some of our biggest natural attractions, from Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Ridge Parkway to the lesser known areas like Panthertown Valley.   read more »

Western North Carolina shopping & attractions - Explore - 5Museums & Historic Sites

Our Museums & Historic Sites range anywhere from the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to historic fire towers high atop some of our predominant peaks.  Come see the heritage museums like the Scottish Tartans, the largest of it's kind for miles around.  Rich in mountain culture, our museums offer something that would peak the interest of most anyone.  If not, we'll throw in a little folklore to grab the rest. read more »

Western North Carolina shopping & attractions - Explore - 6Entertainment

Here you'll find a wide variety of entertainment choices for your stay on the quieter side of the Smokies.  Go to a show at the area's newest performing arts center for nationally syndicated acts of all shapes, sizes and talents.  Sing karaoke at the local pub.  Listen to live music in the park or on the square.  No matter your choice, you are sure to be entertained. read more »

Western North Carolina shopping & attractions - Explore - 7Scenic Drives

Take a relaxing drive through Great Smoky Mountains National Park on U.S. Highway 441 North.  Cruise along mile-high elevations while deciding which overlooks to explore on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  No matter the route you choose to take, you will not be disappointed.  Our recommendations and local knowledge will give you the insight on the very best drives our area has to offer.   read more »

Western North Carolina shopping & attractions - Explore - 9Motorcycle Routes

It's no surprise to see so many motorcycles in our area of the Smoky Mountains.  We have some of the most famous and most visited motorcycle routes that you'll find.  One such example, "The tail of the dragon" at Deal's Gap offers riders twists and turns unmatched by any stretch of highway in the world.  Experience the thrills of places like Deal's Gap, as well as other "paved treats" our mountain roads offer, with our recommended motorcycle routes. read more »

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