THINGS TO DO

Experiences Near Gorgeous Stays

There are so many things for you to do near us in Western North Carolina!  Memorable experiences abound when you share nature with your family and friends.
Gorgeous Stays is located within 2 miles of 4 rafting companies, 2 zipline areas and a ropes Adventure Park. For more adventure in the area near us, there's the Appalachian Trail, the Little Tennessee River, Fontana Lake, and the Nantahala River (best fly-fishing river in the Southeast). From quaint towns like Bryson City (home to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad), Sylva and Dillsboro, to Harrah's Casino in Cherokee, and more... You can check out even more of the possibilities below!

Waterfall Hikes in WNC


Waterfall hikes are a truly glorious part of visiting Western NC. Grab your boots, camera, and hiking poles for mountain magic at the falls. Check out the Deep Creek Trail in Bryson and more waterfall in the area here!
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Rafting & Kayaking on the Nantahala River


Rafting is an adventure the entire family can enjoy! From fully guided raft trips to solo "duckies", the splashing fun never ends. Follow this link to find out more and book your thrills with NOC.
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Flyfishing the Nantahala and Little Tennessee Rivers


Fishing is a spirit-renewing activity that is great for all ages. Learn what anglers catch, how to cast a line, tie a fly, and find the perfect guide or instructor with Endless River Adventures. Click for fish!...
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Tubing near Bryson City


Try a fun, leisurely, family-friendly day tubing on the sparkling clear waters flowing thru the Smokies. Deep Creek is 15 min. away in Bryson and the Oconaluftee is 35 min. away in Cherokee!
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The Appalachian Trail


By far some of the most stunning views in the Smokies are on sections of the Appalachian Trail . Since Gorgeous Stays is only 2 miles from the trail, savvy hikers choose us for respite from its challenges.
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Local Dining Options


There's a variety of dining options in Bryson City and the Nantahala Gorge. Outdoors, indoors, riverside, casual and fine dining are all within 15 minutes. Click here, or view the Favorites List below, for great choices!
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Harrah's Casino in Cherokee


The Casino is a place to go for big musical entertainment, bowling, gambling and a wealth of restaurants that stay open late at night. If you've got kids, bowling and food are big hits.
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Tail of the Dragon near Robbinsville


Brought your motorcycle or road-handling car?! Tail of the Dragon is a must-do drive for adventurous bikers and drivers alike. With 318 curves in 11 miles -- just keep your wheels on the road! It's only 20 miles away...
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Town of Cherokee, NC


Guests who love culture and history need only to drive 30 min. to the Cherokee Reservation. You can meet Cherokee tribal members, see their art and museum, and experience thru performances the depth of their rich cultural heritage.
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Zipline Fun in the Nantahala Gorge


Have the thrill of a lifetime gliding and whizzing through the trees! Even kids ages 4-8 can enjoy their own KidZip course. Fully safety-certified guides and courses. Get zipping with Wildwater's Canopy Tours...
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Nantahala Village Riding Stables


Take a fully guided horseback ride in the Nantahala Forest, with spectacular views of Fontana Lake and The Great Smoky Mountains. No experience needed. Located 1 mile away in the Gorge...
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Nantahala Adventures E-Bike Tours


Glide effortlessly through dense mountain forests, along rushing rivers, and up to scenic overlooks on silently powered electric bikes. Customizable guided trips of 2 or 4 hours. Click for more info!
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