Destination guide

Relax and get close to nature in peaceful Highlands

High up in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Highlands abounds with possibilities. Just a stone’s throw away from Highlands vacation rentals, nature lovers can hike, cycle, or drive to the powerful waterfalls. Or, for something a little slower, take a tour around the town, meander the local streets, or pick up something special in one of the many boutiques. With a warm and welcoming climate, Highlands is ready to take away the stresses of everyday life so you can relax in the most serene of settings.

Things to do

Come to Highlands for the scenery, stay for the shopping

Highlands draws in visitors from far and wide, not just for its epic scenery, but also for the shopping opportunities in the town’s many boutiques and antiques stores. The choices are endless and you can pick up some truly unique pieces. If you’re a fan of glass, be sure you head to the American Museum of Cut and Engraved Glass to admire the jaw-dropping pieces on display there. If you need to re-energize, Highlands’ restaurants offer fine dining that is enhanced by the rocky and ragged scenic backdrop.


So many things to see and do in Highlands

From walking tours around the historic Downtown area to the exhibitions of The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts, Highlands is full of cultural activities. Wanting something a little more active? Hire a bike and head out along the rugged cycle tracks, or hike up the hills on foot. Be sure not to miss the Shadow of the Bear which is when the sun lies so perfectly across the hills that the shadow below resembles a bear. The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down either, thanks to the Instant Theater Company with its live-action, improvised theater.


Highlands is a welcome break for all

Bask in the sub-tropical climate of North Carolina’s Highlands. Even though Highlands is tucked away in America’s South, its location high up in the mountains enjoys a cooler climate. Far south enough not to snow in the winter, Highlands vacation rentals are available throughout the year. For visitors coming up from the South, the cooler climate is a welcome break from the summer heat in the lowlands, while the mild winters are a warm hug for visitors from the colder areas of the North.

Natural features

Take in the Highlands’ spectacular scenery

Just a couple of hours north of bustling Atlanta, Georgia, Highlands is nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains and in the Nantahala National Forest, giving respite from the stresses of daily life. Seated upon a plateau at an elevation of a little over 4,000 feet, the spectacular scenery that surrounds you and the Highlands vacation rentals is like a lush, green garden filled with mighty waterfalls. Unmissable for any nature lover! East of the Mississippi River and sitting on iconic Highway 64, Highlands is one of the country’s highest incorporated towns and sits amid one of just a handful of inspiring temperate rainforests in North America.

How to get there

How to get to and around Highlands

The nearest airport is in Asheville, NC (AVL-Asheville Regional), located 45.6 mi (73.5 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Highlands?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,041 vacation rentals near Highlands. From 356 Cabins to 508 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Highlands for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Highlands?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Highlands:

  • Mirror Lake: 204 vacation rentals
  • Lake Sequoyah: 63 vacation rentals
  • Highlands Falls: 51 vacation rentals
  • Highlands Hills: 103 vacation rentals
  • Wildwood Mountain: 23 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Highlands?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Highlands. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Highlands Country Club: 1,321 vacation rentals
  • Cullasaja Falls: 1,377 vacation rentals
  • Highlands Art Gallery: 1,326 vacation rentals
  • Bridal Veil Falls: 1,337 vacation rentals
  • Scaly Mountain Ski Area: 1,216 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Highlands listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Highlands?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 356 Cabins in Highlands. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Highlands include:

  • Houses: 508 rentals available
  • Cottages: 356 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 356 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Highlands?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 272 vacation rentals with pool available in Highlands. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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