Destination guide

Head to the tranquil city of Balsam

Enjoy the history and other features of Balsam. Well-liked for its mountain views, restaurants and hiking, this city is both relaxing and welcoming. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Sightseeing in and around Balsam

Are you searching for top things to see and do during your stay? Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that makes Balsam a fun spot to vacation. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Ghost Town in the Sky (6.6 mi / 10.6 km)
  • Waynesville Recreation Center (8.6 mi / 13.9 km)
  • Queen's Farm Stables (8.9 mi / 14.3 km)
  • Lake Junaluska Golf Course (9.3 mi / 15 km)
  • Cataloochee Ski Area (9.5 mi / 15.2 km)
  • Santa's Land Family Theme Park and Zoo (9.8 mi / 15.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Balsam

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Balsam is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are some of the area's most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Waterrock Knob (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • Poteet Memorial Park (7.9 mi / 12.8 km)
  • Mingo Falls (12.5 mi / 20.1 km)
  • Oconaluftee Islands Park (13 mi / 21 km)
  • Cold Mountain (13.7 mi / 22 km)
  • Cataloochee Valley (14.9 mi / 24 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Balsam

The nearest airport is in Asheville, NC (AVL-Asheville Regional), located 31.6 mi (50.8 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Balsam?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 795 vacation rentals near Balsam. From 348 Houses to 24 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Balsam for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Balsam:

  • Bear Lake Reserve: 32 vacation rentals
  • Cataloochee Ranch: 54 vacation rentals
  • Cranberry Falls: 22 vacation rentals
  • Sherwood Forest: 57 vacation rentals
  • Valley Creek Run: 81 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 Balsam?

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

  • Smokey Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine: 2,077 vacation rentals
  • Harrahs Cherokee Casino: 1,346 vacation rentals
  • Sliding Rock: 1,291 vacation rentals
  • Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center: 1,036 vacation rentals
  • Western Carolina University: 1,998 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Balsam 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 Houses in Balsam?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 348 Houses in Balsam. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Balsam include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 24 rentals available
  • Villas: 4 rentals available
  • Cabins: 388 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Balsam?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 53 vacation rentals with pool available in Balsam. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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