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In the mountains near Boone NC

Original Mast General Store, Valle Crucis NC  In Boone NC  King Street, downtown Boone NC  Appalachain State University sign  In Boone NC

Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the northeast section of the mountains, Boone, incorporated in 1872,  is a destination in very much the same way Asheville is. Consistently ranked as one of the “Best Small Towns in America,” Boone is a bustling town and the center of tourism and commerce for Watauga County and the region. With a population of over 17,000, the city is home to Appalachian State University, which adds a distinctive college atmosphere to the already vibrant, outdoors oriented mountain city, Boone is located in the “Heart of the High Country" and has a wide array of stores, restaurants, galleries and things to do. It is even known as the “Firefly Capital of America!” Named for Daniel Boone, the frontiersman who hunted in the area from 1760 to 1769, this tourist oriented mountain city has much to offer the visitor.
   Boone also has the highest elevation of any town of its size east of the Mississippi River and because of that, on average, the city receives over 34" of snowfall a year, far more than most other cities in North Carolina. In 2005, Boone was recognized by travel journalists as the ultimate outdoor adventure destination in the Southeast, even in North America. Along with Durango, Colorado, Bend, Oregon and North Vancouver, British Columbia, Boone was selected as one of four multi-sport vacation destinations in North America, featured in an article in the May 2005 issue of Adventure Sports Magazine. In the winter, one of the major draws to Boone are the many ski and snowboarding resorts in the area. These include Appalachian Ski Mountain, Sugar Mountain Resort, Beech Mountain Resort
  and Hawksnest Tubing Park.
      Nearby major mountain attractions include the Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain, Pisgah National Forest, Horn in the West and Tweetsie Railroad. Boone also has one of North Carolina's most progressive public school systems. All eight K-8 schools are ranked as Schools of Excellence, a claim to fame no other public school district in the state can match.

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City Website: Boone: Town Offices, 567 West King Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-268-6200
Northern Mountains, 2 hours east of Asheville
Accommodations, Restaurants & Attractions: The Ultimate Guide To Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains
County: Watauga County:
County Offices, 842 West King Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-265-8000
Elevation & Population:
3,500 feet, 20,000+
Visitor/Welcome Center: North Carolina High Country Host & Visitor Information Center
, 1700 Blowing Rock Road, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-1299
City and County Chamber of Commerce:
Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 870 West King Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-2225

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