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Things to do in Blue Ridge Mountains

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“This is the largest privately owned a state in the United States. Christmas is gorgeous here  ”
  • 383 locals recommend
National Park
“The most visited park in America. Explore all the hiking trails and waterfalls. Stop by the Sugarlands Visitor Center and speak with Park Rangers to get the best information on how to enjoy the Park ”
  • 160 locals recommend
Garden
“It is very close by. Excellent guided tours of the famous founding father's home. Highly recommended for adults and children. The tours are always being updated to reflect newly discovered information and better understanding of the lives of enslaved persons who served Jefferson and his family. ”
  • 197 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh serves the people of North Carolina and all visitors as a top destination for compelling encounters with art, inside and out. A stunning permanent collection, and high-profile traveling exhibitions come through here. The sculpture garden is vast and modern. If you are lucky enough to be here in summer, their summer music series is contemporary, bustling, and the setting is gorgeous. Bring a picnic. If you plan to imbibe, buy your alcohol there, they don’t let you haul it in. ”
  • 150 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“There are so many shops you could spend the day here! Great buys of name brand items. Fall and Christmas time can be busy so go early to get parking. Shops such as North Face, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Brighton, Under Armour, and so many more!”
  • 82 locals recommend
Rafting
“This is a must-see here in Charlotte if you love adventure and outdoor activities. A short 30 min drive you can buy a day pass and enjoy all they have to offer. Activities to enjoy are white water rafting, white water, and flatwater kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and zip lines. There are also special events and restaurants on the premises. ”
  • 163 locals recommend
Hotel
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“Epicenter is in the heart uptown. It has everything several dining options, nightclubs, family fun bowling to movie theater.”
  • 138 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“Home of the Carolina Panthers, this stadium host the premier football team, if you are able to catch a game this is a can't miss”
  • 90 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“ located at the end of dorchester/haywood ave that Birdsong cottage is on ... this is a local favorite and great eatery . from breakfast to dinner and a full bar you can not go wrong with this gem .”
  • 258 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Kids, and teens will have a blast. Part of Cedar Fair, so if you have a season pass to their other parks, you may get in for free;)”
  • 95 locals recommend
Park
“15 minutes up the road is The DuPont State Forest. The Park is known for several spectacular waterfalls, as well as miles of biking, hiking, and horseback trails. Several of our cover photos are from there and it is a magnificent place. It might be somewhat familiar to you if you have ever seen the movie “The Hunger Games” and “The Last of the Mohicans.” I think there are tours if you’re interested. The hiking to the waterfalls is more of a long walk. There are no food vendors nearby.”
  • 213 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Great family friendly amusement park. One admission price for rides and shows. A must while visiting ”
  • 87 locals recommend
Outdoor Event Space
“Asheville has become "Beer City" with over 100 craft breweries. Sierra Nevada is a must see. Great beer and restaurant. About 40 minutes southwest. ”
  • 217 locals recommend
Zoo
“One of the best in the Country - beautiful light display for the holidays.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Museum
“The NASCAR Hall of Fame, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, honors drivers who have shown exceptional skill at NASCAR driving, all-time great crew chiefs and owners, broadcasters and other major contributors to competition within the sanctioning body.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Park
“Something that doesn't cost any money. Play soccer, volleyball, cycling, picnic, jog, walk or throw the baseball, football or frisbee. ”
  • 85 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Rafting
“This is a must-see here in Charlotte if you love adventure and outdoor activities. A short 30 min drive you can buy a day pass and enjoy all they have to offer. Activities to enjoy are white water rafting, white water, and flatwater kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and zip lines. There are also special events and restaurants on the premises. ”
  • 163 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“ located at the end of dorchester/haywood ave that Birdsong cottage is on ... this is a local favorite and great eatery . from breakfast to dinner and a full bar you can not go wrong with this gem .”
  • 258 locals recommend
Hotel
“The GPI is a must for photo-ops! Free 3 hour parking in the garage. Ride up to see the original hotel in the elevator located beside the left fireplace. Note all the construction photos. Also see the spa and all the craftsman furniture and decor.”
  • 193 locals recommend
Brewery
“Hip brewery with a tasting room & a restaurant serving high-end, locally sourced New American fare.”
  • 165 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“This is a MUST if you are into Spanish Tapas. Reservations are highly recommend. If you are unable to get reservations, they do offer bar seating first come. ”
  • 188 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“1830 gristmill anchors a complex with 2 country cooking eateries plus pottery, candy & toy shops.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Bakery
“Great french pasteries...caramel chocolate brownie is a favorite! Great sandwiches, soips, & salads as well.”
  • 96 locals recommend
Bar
“Cuisine for the sophisticated palate. Menu changes frequently. Delightful. Small space, need reservation. $$$”
  • 169 locals recommend

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