Sightseeing in Boone

Haunted Tour or Paranormal Investigation Class (Up to 51% Off). Five Options Available.

TCPRS Ghost Tours

Jonesborough

$50 $25

Guides share spooky historical trivia on walking tours; ghost-hunting tours and classes teach students how to find supernatural phenomena

30- or 60-Minute Private Reptile Encounter for Up to Five People at North Carolina Reptile Center (Up to 54% Off)

North Carolina Reptile Center

Troutman

$250 $125

Meet reptiles such as crocodiles and great pythons with up to five of your friends inside an interactive center filled with scaly creatures

One-Hour Safari Encounter with Baby Animals for One, Two, or Four at Zootastic Park (Up to 50% Off)

Zootastic Park

Barringer

$112.50 $59

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For one hour, guests can interact with baby animals such as a tiger, camel, kangaroo, and lemurs; guests may take pictures throughout

Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour for Two, Four, or Six at Stony Knoll Vineyards (Up to 50% Off)

Stony Knoll Vineyards

Dobson

$29 $15

Winery nestled in the Blue Ridge foothills with a tasting room that overlooks more than 48 acres of crops

One Annual Family or Patron Membership to Colburn Earth Science Museum (Half Off)

Colburn Earth Science Museum

Downtown Asheville

$50 $25

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Members receive free admission and discounts at a science museum with more than 4,500 mineral specimens, including more than 1,000 gemstones

One-Year Couples or Individual Membership to Rural Hill (Up to 49% Off)

Rural Hill

Huntersville

$65 $35

Membership to historical site, working farm, and nature preserve; includes admission to one event, such as the NC Brewers & Music Festival

Aquarium Visit for Two or Four or One-Year Membership for One or Four at ECCO Ocean Center & Aquarium (Up to 55% Off)

Team ECCO Ocean Center & Aquarium

Hendersonville

$6 $3

Aquarium housing sharks and blue-spotted stingrays features entertaining and educational interactive activities

Admission or Membership to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (Up to 48% Off). Four Options Available.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Belmont

$24 $14

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Visitors explore display gardens, orchid conservatory, and elaborate fountains; member benefits include free admission and special events

Distillery Tour for 2, 4, or 15, Including Rum Tasting and Shot Glasses at Muddy River Distillery (Up to 73% Off)

Muddy River Distillery

Belmont

$30 $11

Tours led by head distiller Robbie Delaney introduce visitors to the distillery's award-winning Carolina Rum and Queen Charlotte's Reserve

Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four with Hand-Crafted NC Cheese at Old Stone Winery (50% Off)

Old Stone Winery

Salisbury

$32 $16

Each session includes one glass of wine per person, one take-home wine glass per person, and a sampling of handcrafted local cheese

Two or Four Individual Admissions for a Full Day to Children's Museum of Winston-Salem (Up to 43% Off)

Children's Museum of Winston-Salem

South Marshall

$14 $8

A nonprofit museum where kids can climb a beanstalk, build forts with oversized blocks, and shop in a pretend-supermarket

Walking-Adventure Tour for Two or Four from Crazy Dash Digital Adventures - Charlotte (50% Off)

Crazy Dash Digital Adventures - Charlotte

Charlotte

$40 $20

Sprint through the city on a scavenger-hunt-like adventure

Visit for Two or Four to The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture (Up to 50% Off)

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture

Second Ward

$18 $9

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Paintings, sculptures, films, music, and performance art pay tribute to the Africans and African Americans who impacted American culture

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

First Ward

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers Charlotte's most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

One-Year Membership for One or Two to Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library (40% Off)

Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library

Bedford

$50 $30

Members can explore their genealogy with the museum's expansive collection of historical files, and receive 10% off gift-shop purchases

Visit and Walking Tour for Two or Four from National D-Day Memorial (Up to Half Off)

National D-Day Memorial

Bedford

$20 $10

88-acre memorial with gardens, reflecting pool, and statues honors soldiers and commemorates pivotal WWII battle.

Adventure Package for Two or Family of Four or Six at Adventure Ranch (Up to 54% Off)

Adventure Ranch

Morristown

$21.90 $11

Situated on Great Smoky Farm, fall-themed activities include large corn maze, petting zoo, 250 ft. super slide, and a pumpkin patch

Admission for Two Adults or Two Adults and Two Kids to Hollywild Animal Park (38% Off)

Hollywild Animal Park

Wellford

$24 $15

Visitors interact with more than 500 animals from around the world, including a rhino that's acted in multiple commercials

Admission and Tour of the White Home for Two, Four, or Six from Historic Rock Hill (50% Off)

Historic Rock Hill

East Town

$12 $6

Visitors tour exhibits and the well-preserved White Home, built in 1839 by one of Rock Hill's founding families

Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Historic Smithfield Plantation (50% Off)

Historic Smithfield Plantation

Blacksburg

$16 $8

Visitors travel back to the 18th century as they traverse the plantation house, garden, and grounds led by a costumed interpreter

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The Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, which was improved by Civil War general Herman Haupt, the late 19th-century Historic Murray's Mill, which boasts a 28-foot high waterwheel, and the Harper House, which showcases its intricate Queen Anne stylings, all have something in common: They're maintained and shown by the Catawba County Historical Association, an organization dedicated to preserving and exhibiting historical sites throughout North Carolina.

The Catawba County Museum of History, situated in the former Catawba County Courthouse, depicts the lives of the Catawba River Valley's original settlers and their decedents through artifacts such tools made from hand-dug iron ore, military uniforms, and hand-stitched quilts. Visitors can step back in time into the ornately decorated, Queen Anne–style Harper House, whose period-accurate color schemes, wallpaper, and architectural details paint a picture of southern life in the Victorian era. The Murray & Minges General Store's shelves are still stocked with old-fashioned toys and treats, which at one time must have kept the Murray family children occupied as their parents helmed the Murray Mill. Guests can tour the mill and imagine workers grinding corn and wheat with the tools on display, toiling away to make their sacrifices to the Corn Gods in hopes of one day receiving Fritos.

30 N College Ave
Newton,
NC
US

Display cases filled with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds are a treat for the eyes at any jeweler's, but at Colburn Earth Science Museum, they dazzle visitors intellectually as well. More than 1,000 cuts from around the world make up the museum's extensive gemstone collection, which guests learn about via a gem-mine replica featuring a faux dynamite charge and gem pockets. The museum's additional exhibits showcase mineral specimens from the museum's collection of more than 4,500, as well as fossil specimens including teeth from a wooly mammoth complete with calcified floss.

Guests can take a more hands-on approach to scientific discovery during the museum's school programs and spring-break camps, which focus on subjects such as fossils, gravity, and space rocks. Voyage deeper into the galaxy during Spaced-Out Saturdays, when a digital spaceship whisks passengers on journeys throughout the solar system. After expeditions, stop by the Museum Gift Shop to pick up your own minerals or crystal-filled, 44-million-year-old geodes that museum staff can crack in half for you during your visit.

2 S Pack Sq
Asheville,
NC
US

Grovewood Cafe could very well be a cottage from a fairytale. Greenery seems bent on overtaking the restaurant and completely surrounds its patio, where whimsical sculptures from Grovewood Gallery pop up from the ground. On the inside, flowers bring color to tables bathed in light from oversized windows. And, like many a Brothers Grimm character, chef and owner Larry Waldrop depends on local farms for sustenance.

Larry believes that the best meals are made from scratch, and without too much help from machinery. He prefers to chop his meat by hand, for instance, rather than use his government-issued butcher robot. His menu of Southern-inspired plates gives credit to several area farms?there's grilled meatloaf from Hickory Nut Gap Farm, pork from Heritage Farms, and chicken breast from Ashley Farms, which arrives encrusted in crunchy walnuts. Every day, there's a special free-range omelet available for lunch. And if you're in the neighborhood on a Sunday morning, stop by for the Grovewood's take on eggs benedict with fried green tomatoes, grilled Sunburst Farm trout, and swiss chard.

111 Grovewood Rd
Asheville,
NC
US

Celebrating five years under the current owners, Frame It to a T boasts a staff experience in a multitude of aesthetically driven fields—from visual art to interior design—but they specialize in conservation framing. The specialists expertly match jerseys, diplomas, photos, and artwork with acid-free mats and eye-catching frames. Ultraviolet-filter glass prevents sunlight from bleaching artwork or keepsakes, ensuring that prized childhood toys age as imperceptibly as a Twinkie. Those who do not already have artwork they wish to frame can peruse the shop’s selection of art and prints.

1103 Brevard Rd
Asheville,
NC
US

Asheville changed drastically in the half-century following 1880. Railroad workers broke through the Appalachian Mountains' natural barrier and connected the city to the world, forever changing its culture and social zeitgeist. Though decades have passed, Brenda Seright Williams still feels the impact of this period, and the tour guide isn't content to let it fade into history. As it says on her website, she believes "the study of those who came before can inspire us to stretch our own limits."

Her Urban Trail walking tours not only explore the 19th century’s Gilded Age but also tiptoe through four other time periods, including the Frontier Period and the Age of String Cheese. Alternatively, Brenda shifts the spotlight to Asheville's pivotal female figures during the aptly named Herstory tours. However, neither of these excursions are cookie-cutter adventures. To weave her stories, Brenda has conducted more than 100 interviews and spent countless hours researching minute details and the correct pronunciation of the word "pioneer."

52 North Market Street
Asheville,
NC
US

Electro Bicycle Tours’s Kettler Twin electric bikes assist riders with a motor that provides extra power to match how hard they’re pedaling. Three “assist” settings allow riders to customize the added speed, from a minimal boost to a high setting that helps bikes easily mount Asheville’s hills and then laugh at them. Alternatively, riders can switch the assist off to pedal using their strength alone. Sightseers can rent the bikes to carve their own paths through the city or let someone else do the navigating on scenic tours of Asheville that include a stop at the Asheville Botanical Gardens. Electro Bicycle Tours also teams up with the Asheville Brewing Company to offer Bike and Brew capers about town.

24 College Street
Asheville,
NC
US