Although Blowing Rock is a
, outdoorsy city that’s easy on the eyes, there are many attractions in its surrounding area worth checking out.
Of these, a favorite is the Historic Orchard at Altapass, an over one-century old and incredibly scenic center of fruit and fudge. Whether touring the apple trap, taking a hayride, or staring down the views, be sure to stop by the shop afterward to pick up some premium sauces and jams.
Also quite popular is Tweetsie Railroad, a "Wild West" adventure theme park that the kids can't get enough of. It features a scenic 3-mile ride on a historic steam railroad, live entertainment, children's rides, panning for gold, and a petting zoo. During June, Thomas the Tank Engine makes a special trip to the park for a week, making it one of the busiest times of year to visit.
Situated next door to Tweetsie Railroad is Mystery Hill, a weird nature scene where children can roll balls upward or enter a crooked house. It's always a fun family outing.
Appalachian Ski Mountain
is located just outside Blowing Rock and makes for a winter vacation as relaxing or athletic as you want it to be.
Within a 5 minute drive of Blowing Rock is the town of Boone, home to Appalachian State University. One of the more popular attractions in Boone is the Horn in West drama & Hickory Ridge Living Museum. Horn in the West is an outdoor drama in one of the most beatiful outdoor theaters in the country, Daniel Boone ampitheater. The drama tells the story of America's southern heritage and has been performed since 1952. The Hickory Ridge Living Museum is on the grounds of the ampitheater and highlights the daily lives from North Carolina's 18th century ancestors.
Also within a short drive of Blowing Rock is Linville Caverns, located adjacent to Humpback Mountain. The caverns are a spectacle to behold. And unlike other caverns that you might have been to elsewhere, they actually let you take pictures here. So don't forget your camera!
One of the ways that visitors to the area save money on their visit is with an attraction pass known as the Go Blue Ridge Card. The Blowing Rock. Customers pay one low price for the pass and use it as their admission ticket into the participating attractions. So they save money (up to 30% or more) by purchasing an attraction pass instead of individual tickets at each attraction's ticket gate.
While overall traffic in Blowing Rock is relatively smooth, US Hwy 321 (a major byway in the area) has been under construction for several years and can be an annoying incovenience. To avoid any hassle, it's best to know when construction is taking place. Construction occurs on US 321 between Lenoir and Blowing Rock on Tuesdays and Thursdays between noon and 2 pm. Allow for traffic delays and detours if travelling during that time.