Charolotte, NC & Winston-Salem, NC
Activities include hiking/sightseeing Grandfather Mountain National Park, skiing, snow tubing, snow boarding, tobogganing, ice skating, regular and fly-fishing, horseback riding, golf, tennis, white water rafting, kayaking, boating, water skiing, hummingbird watching, gem mining, caving, rock climbing, antiquing, art galleries, furniture shopping in Hickory (45 minutes), shopping (Tanger Outlet in Blowing Rock), family friendly and fine dining, and movies.
Attractions include famous Otter Falls is only 1 mile away, Tweetsie Railroad Amusement Park, Grandfather Mountain, Lake Watauga, Linville Falls & Caverns, Mast General Sore, Sightseeing & hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Moses Cone Park, Banner Elk's Woolly Worm Festival in October!
Neighboring towns include: Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Valle Crusis
Also near Appalachian State University & Lees MacRae College