Explore the top things to do in Boone and North Carolina’s High Country

Choose the Country Inn & Suites in scenic Boone, NC to enjoy a convenient home away from home while you explore North Carolina’s High Country. Check into one of our comfortable hotel rooms, and you’ll be close to a variety of things to do, from fly-fishing, rafting, and hiking to browsing shops and enjoying the local arts. For unforgettable family adventures, visit Grandfather Mountain and cross the Mile High Swinging Bridge to get a bird’s-eye view of the region, or head to Hawksnest and thrill to a ride on one of the country’s longest zip lines. Everyone will enjoy the popular outdoor drama Horn in the West, which brings 18th-century frontier history to life every summer. In the winter, you can hit the slopes at nearby ski resorts. Prefer indoor entertainment? Just minutes from the hotel, Boone’s charming downtown offers plenty of shops to browse as well as the campus of Appalachian State University, where you can check out the exhibits at the arts center.

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Appalachian State University

0.99 mi / 1.59 km from the hotel
Cheer on the Mountaineers at Kidd Brewer Stadium, attend a concert in the Schaefer Center, or browse the displays in the visual arts center at this acclaimed university.

Sugar Mountain Resort

12.39 mi / 19.94 km from the hotel
Whether you prefer a winter ski trip or a hiking and biking excursion in the summer, you can explore Sugar Mountain throughout the year.

Moses H Cone Memorial Park

5.44 mi / 8.76 km from the hotel
This sprawling park began as Flat Top Manor, an impressive estate built by textile tycoon Moses H Cone in 1901. Tour the 23-room mansion, shop the on-site craft center for local art, or hike the trails through the beautiful forests, fields, and lake.

Beech Mountain Resort

12.14 mi / 19.54 km from the hotel
At Beech Mountain Resort, you can enjoy the outdoors year-round. Ski, snowboard, or tube during the winter, and mountain climb or play disc golf during the summer.

Boone Golf Club

1.92 mi / 3.09 km from the hotel
Challenge yourself at this 18-hole course with scenic mountain views and a pro shop.

Foscoe Fishing Company

7.25 mi / 11.67 km from the hotel
Gather your gear and plan an expedition at the High Country’s only Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing guide company. Cast a line into the Watauga River or other nearby rivers and mountain streams.

Grandfather Mountain

13.77 mi / 22.16 km from the hotel
Pack your hiking boots for an outing at Grandfather Mountain, where you can walk on the Mile High Swinging Bridge and explore miles of trails. Be sure to tour the nature museum to see one of the largest amethysts ever found in North America.


10.5 mi / 16.9 km from the hotel
Ready to speed through the trees at 50 miles per hour? Make a reservation to take on the four miles of zip-line trails at Hawksnest.

Linville Caverns

25.65 mi / 41.29 km from the hotel
Travel inside Humpback Mountain to admire stunning rock formations and an underground stream, home to cave-dwelling fish.

The Orchard at Altapass

31.13 mi / 50.1 km from the hotel
From heirloom apple trees to monarch butterfly hatcheries, the Orchard’s attractions focus on preservation. Explore the orchard and pick from more than 30 varieties of apples or visit a grill serving locally sourced fare

Tweetsie Railroad

3.34 mi / 5.37 km from the hotel
Ride vintage steam locomotives, mine for gems, play arcade games, and take an old-fashioned family photo when you visit Tweetsie Railroad.

Valle Crucis

6.39 mi / 10.29 km from the hotel
Featuring dozens of 18th- and 19th-century structures, the entire community of Valle Crucis is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.