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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
“The Biltmore Estate is the largest private residence in the United States. It boasts acres of beautiful gardens, a winery, and endless places to explore. This is a must-see and makes for a great half-day trip. The Biltmore is located in Asheville, just over an hour from Sapphire. ”
  • 361 locals recommend
National Park
“Get your hike on or take in these breathtaking views. Hiking is open all year round. Check out Cades Cove while you're here as well!”
  • 157 locals recommend
Garden
“Visit President Jefferson's mansion and plantation. There are tours, a museum, and a cafe. ”
  • 192 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The North Carolina Museum of Art has more than a dozen galleries holding works from around the world and a variety of art types. Originally starting with 139 works from Europe and America, the museum has grown to include African, Egyptian and Jewish works of art while also expanding European and ancient American holdings. With 30 added Rodin sculptures, the NCMA leads the holdings of this artist’s work in the southeastern United States. Other galleries hold everything from Renaissance paintings to contemporary photography. Exhibitions also run at the museum for several months at a time for guests to visit. Outside the museum is the 164-acre Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park, recently expanded and featuring monumental public art installations inspired by the natural world and preservation of landscapes, including the Gyre rings, Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky and Askew, as well as several recreational activities, picnic spots, and wooded trails. Tours are given daily if you or a group would like to learn more about the collections. When it’s time for lunch, you can stop by the Iris restaurant located inside the museum, specializing in contemporary American cuisine in a modern setting. (Also open for dinner! Order from items such as the Iris Burger, Seared Scallops with Red Curry Lemongrass Broth, Seafood Burrito and more.) For those interested in researching art periods or artists, the Art Reference Library holds over 40,000 volumes of books and available catalogs and databases. Kids to seniors can enjoy the many programs occurring throughout the year, including classes, concerts, films, camps, and workshops. Before you leave, head by the Museum Store, where items based on the museum’s collections and exhibits are available to purchase, perfect as souvenirs or gifts for family and friends. Admission is free, while some fees are given for specific programs, exhibitions, and large tours. Hours: Tues.-Thurs., 10am-5pm; Fri., 10am-9pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am-5pm; Mon., closed.”
  • 152 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!”
  • 77 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“The best bacon you will ever have in your life, typically has a long wait in the morning, best to go at night to avoid the line. ”
  • 247 locals recommend
Park
“Some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world are just around the corner. This day trip is an easy walk to many jaw dropping falls. ”
  • 214 locals recommend
Hotel
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“Located in Uptown Charlotte, EPICENTRE is the Southeast’s hub for dining, entertainment, recreation, nightlife and hospitality. ”
  • 136 locals recommend
Rafting
“This is a great place to have fun, eat and hangout. There are several alternative activities over then rafting. It also has some of the largest Ziplines and Free Fall jumps in the US. ”
  • 151 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Near the downtown strip. Can also walk to local stores and area restaurants. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Zoo
“One of the best zoos in the country! Visit Festival of Lights during the holidays.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“74,000-seat football stadium, home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers & host of college teams.”
  • 85 locals recommend
Hotel
“The gingerbread house display is fantastic during the Christmas season. It doesn't cost a thing but it may cost you to park your vehicle.”
  • 182 locals recommend
Park
“Stroll across Greenville’s iconic, suspension bridge, picnic by the river and let your kids cool off at the city’s only splash pad. You can also turn your visit into a scavenger hunt if you look for the butterflies from the Butterfly Keeper Project. Iconic suspension bridge of Greenville, paved walking trail, bench swings, picnic tables, splash pad Sunny and shady areas Restrooms Street-side parking or city parking garage”
  • 111 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Carowinds is an amusement park that straddles the North Carolina-South Carolina state line, just off I-77, south of Charlotte. It's about an hour from The Lake House, and great family fun.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Large amusement park with rides, shows, and shopping. Fun for the whole family. The theme park has something for everyone and is a great place to spend the day. ”
  • 75 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Breakfast Spot
“The best bacon you will ever have in your life, typically has a long wait in the morning, best to go at night to avoid the line. ”
  • 247 locals recommend
Rafting
“This is a great place to have fun, eat and hangout. There are several alternative activities over then rafting. It also has some of the largest Ziplines and Free Fall jumps in the US. ”
  • 151 locals recommend
Hotel
“The gingerbread house display is fantastic during the Christmas season. It doesn't cost a thing but it may cost you to park your vehicle.”
  • 182 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great Historic Restaurant that sits on West Prong Little Pigeon River in the heart of Pigeon Forge. Waiting lines are a little long sometimes, but it's worth the wait!”
  • 67 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“excellent restaurant, highly rated and popular, be sure to make a reservation well in advance!”
  • 178 locals recommend
Brewery
“Nice brewery with a large outside patio. There are so many breweries to choose from you can’t really go wrong choosing one. ”
  • 161 locals recommend
Bakery
“Open 24hrs. Great food and pastries, plus excellent coffee locally roasted. Best time to arrive is 5-6pm. Place becomes extremely packed at night due to proximity to UNC Campus. ”
  • 92 locals recommend
Chocolate Shop
“They make their own chocolate and the truffles are to die for! You can even tour the chocolate factory! Highly recommend if you are a lover of all things chocolate! ”
  • 137 locals recommend

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