Rooted in the Carolina foothills, the Night in the Country experience transforms the world-renowned Tryon International Equestrian Center into your next great country tradition.
Packed with amazing adventures, unique towns and an endless list of possibilities, planning a visit to the Carolinas may seem daunting. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of our top favorite things to see and do in our part of North Carolina and South Carolina.
THE BILTMORE ESTATE
As one of the largest private estate and attractions in the country, the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate has welcomed guests since 1895. With 35 bedrooms and 43 bathrooms, the Biltmore House is a Châteauesque-style mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt. Special this year, enjoy Chihuly Nights in the Biltmore Gardens to view the globally renowned artist’s collection of stunning large-scale glass sculptures.
BILTMORE PARK TOWN SQUARE
This vibrant town center in Asheville, NC features boutiques and name brand shops, upscale restaurants, family entertainment, spas and health clubs, plus a variety of lodging options.
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
Known as “America’s Favorite Drive,” the Blue Ridge Parkway travels 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina. Less than an hour from Tryon Resort, cruise the Parkway to discover rich traditions from Cherokee life to Southern Appalachian crafts and music. Hiking, biking and camping opportunities are sprinkled in between incredibly expansive views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
CARL SANDBURG HOME
Located in Flat Rock, NC, this National Historic Site is the home of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer Carl Sandburg. Visit the 264-acre property to tour the 1839 Sandburg home that also features goat farm, pastures, several ponds and lakes, apple orchard, hiking trails and more natural beauty.
Explore this 400-acre amusement park just outside of Charlotte. Ride award-winning roller coasters for all ages and thrill-levels or splash around in North Carolina’s largest water park. A variety of shows and entertainment, as well as restaurants and tempting treats, are also plentiful.
CHIMNEY ROCK AT CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK
Climb to new heights for a 75-mile panoramic view of the Hickory Nut Gorge when you reach the top of the 315-foot Chimney Rock. Located in the 6,807-acre Chimney Rock State Park, the attraction is also home to the second tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi.
DIRTY DANCING FILM SITE
Did you know that the iconic 1987 cult classic film “Dirty Dancing” was filmed 20 minutes away in Lake Lure? Plan your trip to the Carolinas early and catch the annual Dirty Dancing Festival this August 24-25.
Located in downtown Charlotte, Discovery Place is the ultimate children’s museum. Inspiring curious thinkers through the wonders of science, technology and nature, their educational exhibits and programs target children ages pre-K through 12th grade.
GREENVILLE RIVERWALK & FALLS PARK
Spend a relaxing afternoon on Greenville, SC’s Riverwalk. Stroll along the Reedy River that is banked on both sides by casual and fine dining and the energetic atmosphere of a newly-revitalized downtown. The recreational fountains are a bonus for children’s play. Nearby Falls Park offers landscaped gardens, waterfalls and a pedestrian suspension bridge.
See more than 300 animals from around the world in open air exhibits at the Greenville Zoo. Some of the highlights of this 14-acre facility include a giant anteater, rheas, a variety of monkeys, lions, giraffes, leopards and more!
LAKE LURE FLOWERING BRIDGE
In 2011 the historic 1925 Rocky Broad River bridge was closed to traffic and transformed into the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge by a team of volunteers. With more 1,000 species of flowers and plants, there three-arch bridge is now a pedestrian walkway open everyday and year round for people to enjoy free of charge. With an emphasis on native plants, the bridge is maintained completely by a team of volunteers whose mission is to create a “Gateway to Somewhere Beautiful” for everyone to enjoy.
NORTH CAROLINA ARBORTUM
Located in Pisgah National Forest just off the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway, explore 10 miles of natural wooded trails featuring rotating art, science and educational exhibits in this 434-acre public garden. Surrounded by the Southern Appalachian Mountains, visitors are invited to connect personally with nature through the Arboretum’s unique and rich ways.
SIERRA NEVADA BREWING COMPANY TAPROOM
With 23 original beers on tap, this 400-seat Taproom is the centerpiece of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s impressively massive and incredibly earth-friendly brewery. The menu is chef-driven farm-to-table where much of the produce is sourced from the walkable and public gardens located behind the facility. With walking trails, amphitheater and expansive back porch, this family-friendly facility is a must for any to-do list.
A famous landmark in Pisgah National Forest, take a slippery slide down the 60-ft Sliding Rock into the 50-60 degree, 8ft. deep pool. Whether you slide just once or make a day out of it, this ride is definitely “worth the plunge.” Two observation decks are available for those less adventurous and lifeguards are on duty during season.
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