If it’s time to beat the heat, a summer weekend getaway to Boone, North Carolina might be just the ticket. A hub for all kinds of outdoor activities, Boone is also full of home town charm and creativity. One of the most walkable towns in the country, Boone is home to Appalachian State University, giving it a energy of fun and opportunity that only increases its like ability.
Just under four hours from the Raleigh, North Carolina area, a weekend getaway to Boone has been on our home state travel list for quite some time. Because it offers such a wide variety of active adventures, my sports loving family would have no trouble planning our days and then taking in one of the nationally known summer performances in the evenings as we wind our days down. While our summer remains jam packed, I’m hopeful we might sneak away before the season gets away from us and those back to school alarm clocks start ringing. If you are looking for a summer visit to a mountain area town, check out all the fun things happening in Boone, North Carolina this weekend!
Because it’s always fun to take in the local flair, visiting Boone during one of its many special events just makes the visit that much more memorable. You can check out majors just like this during this weekend’s Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.
I don’t know about you but I love to be at the top of a mountain so I can see as far as the eye can see. When it comes to summertime in Boone, riding a zipline has the exact same effect, taking you above the the trees for a breathtaking view of the entire area. This is something I’ve always wanted to do would be first on my list for a visit to Boone. Sky Valley Zip Tours offers hours of canopy tours for ages 8 and up (minimum weight limit applies).
If you are traveling to Boone, The Tweetsie Railroad is a must visit. Full of old fashioned fun, these coal powered trains have been here for decades, delighting train enthusiasts and families alike for their beauty and charm. Pictured above, the No. 190 “Yukon Queen” is a vintage steam locomotive brought to pull the famed Tweetsie train after retirement from duty in Alaska. My husband has fond memories of riding the Tweetsie Railroad as a child and I am almost embarrassed to admit that we’ve yet to visit if for no other reason than to share that childhood memory. And there are plenty of other things to do including carnival like rides, a deer park feeding area, live shows, and more. Okay…excuse me now while I go book our tickets!
Known nationwide for having some of the best climbing spots around, this one is located near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Foscoe. From beginner to extreme, the Boone area prides itself on being a climbing destination of choice.
With performances only offered in the summer, the show Horn in the West is one of just three legacy outdoor dramas in the entire nation. Revealing the story of some of Daniel Boone’s most interesting adventures, his summer’s show includes a new narrative component of conversations between the famed Daniel Boone, played by Mark Bowman, and a young boy relating the tale of events of the American Revolution. Daniel Boone lived in a cabin at the foot of the Blue Ridge escarpment, and often traveled by horse or on foot to this high valley to hunt and explore. This is a wonderful family-oriented show that would be a perfect change of pace after an active and busy day.
If you’re into mountain biking, Boone has your back. Rocky Knob Bike Park is made up 8 miles of winding wooded trails for experienced mountain bikers. The area is so well known for its challenging biking trails that Beech Mountain Resort hosted the 2012 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships.
And last but certainly not least, a visit to the Boone area simply must include a hike at Grandfather Mountain. So breathtaking, it offers spectacular views due to a nearly 1,000-foot change in elevation from base to peak. With kids in older elementary school through college, this is a must do for sure.
If you are craving cooler temps and hidden gem of a vacation spot, Boone just might be the perfect summer weekend getaway for you to consider. While I love the beach, I’m beyond tempted to hit the road for high elevations and an active weekend full of family and fun. Tell me…
Do you visit the mountains in the summer? Where to you go?
For more information about Boone, North Carolina and all the fabulous things to do in the surrounding area, visit www.ExploreBooneArea.com. And keep an eye out for more weekend getaway posts all month long. After all if you don’t get out of dodge in July, when will you? If you love to pin, we’ve got a great Family Travel Pinterest Board with your name on it too! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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