Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Boone is named after the famous pioneer and explorer, David Boone. His contributions are celebrated at a fascinating living history museum, while the rugged landscapes of the Appalachian Mountains are nearby.
Things to do in Boone
Learn about life in Boone during the 18th century at the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, which recreates a small mountain community during the Revolutionary War. Costumed actors lead workshops on crafts and early American skills, while the seasonal drama “Horn in the West” depicts the struggles of pioneer David Boone.
Embark on a leisurely drive along a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the most popular scenic drives in the United States. Go hiking to the beautiful Linville Falls and stop for a photograph at one of the many overlook. The drive is particularly stunning during the changing autumn colours.
The Blue Ridge Parkway passes through Grandfather Mountain National Park, which encompasses a 1,812-metre-high peak of the Appalachian Mountains. It’s home to hiking trails and an educational Nature Museum, as well as the highest suspension footbridge in America, the Mile High Swinging Bridge, which offers 360-degree views of the rugged surrounds.
Travelling with kids? Spend a day at Tweetsie Railroad, a Wild West theme park that features a historic steam railway. Ride the Ferris wheel or test your luck at gold panning and gem mining, then hand-feed the African pygmy goats and micro-mini donkeys at the on-site zoo.
Getting around Boone
Boone is just under two hours’ drive from Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Greensboro. Buses travel throughout Boone, but it’s compact enough to explore on foot or by bicycle.