Check off your WNC Bucket List!


Have you ever wanted to start a bucket list but never have done the things you have written down? Maybe your items are large trips or things that are costly. If you want to start a bucket list but do not have the financials to support big trips or go do extravagant activities, then start on a smaller scale. If you live in North Carolina or just love what it has to offer, then checking out places to visit in Western North Carolina is a perfect start to your bucket list.

We want to list the top five locations in WNC for visitors to explore in the beautiful mountains. Our first location is the Blue Ridge Parkway. Jackson County is home of the last 40 miles on the parkway and includes scenic beauty and the highest point which is at 6,053 feet. If you enjoy hiking or scenic views then the Blue Ridge Parkway should be one item that you do not want to miss out on.

Our second location is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you love the Blue Ridge Parkway, then the GSMNP is one location you do not want to miss. With more activities to enjoy from bicycling, camping, fishing, hiking, historic buildings, horseback riding, waterfalls, and wildlife viewing there is something everyone in your trip should enjoy.


Our lucky number 3-bucket list location is one where you will have fun all day long. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel is a must see when coming to WNC. With 24 hour gaming, full service spa and wonderful culinary options, you will never run out of things to do while visiting. Enjoy the hotels spacious rooms that provide four-star lodging, PetStay Luxury rooms that allow you to bring your four legged companions and schedule a treatment at their very own luxurious Mandara Spa. You will not want to miss out on this location, so mark it down on your bucket list!

Our fourth bucket list location is the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. As a main attraction in Jackson County, the GSMR is a perfect bucket list option. With 53 miles of track, 2 tunnels and 25 bridges, this attraction is ideal for anyone who loves the mountains and the railway. Besides just riding the railroad, you can include half-day or full-day trips that include raft and rail excursions, gourmet dinners and mystery theater trains.


Our last but definitely not least location is the wonderful waterfalls of WNC Mountains. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the outdoors and their natural waterfalls. From a large variety of locations to explore, you will have a relaxing place to spend the day.

These locations are a perfect way to start your bucket list. If you want a something to do that is financially appealing or just want to start your list off small then WNC is the pefect place to start exploring! If you want more information about WNC and things to do, visit the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Stay and Play in the Smokies, and the WNC Events Calendar.