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Top 5 Ways to Go Sightseeing in North Carolina

The Great Smoky Mountains are a popular destination for people all across the globe because of the beautiful scenery that lasts all year long. No matter what season you travel in, the views are always breathtaking and there is always something fun to do that the whole family will love! While vacationing in the Smokies, Murphy NC is the perfect place to call home because it’s nestled in the mountains but also conveniently located. To make the most of your vacation, read our list of the top 5 ways to enjoy sightseeing in North Carolina!


1. Hiking

Perhaps the most obvious but also the most popular way to enjoy sightseeing in North Carolina is to spend the weekend exploring the hiking trails. The Great Smoky Mountains have dozens of trails for every level of experience, from short and easy strolls to day-long hiking adventures that will push you to your limits! Hiking through the mountains is the best way to get an up-close view of the seasonal wildflowers, the soaring trees and maybe even some native critters! Not to mention it’s a great way to get a little exercise!

2. Ziplining

For a unique and exciting way to enjoy sightseeing in North Carolina, sign up for a day of flying through the sky on a zipline adventure. See the sights from up above, and feel the wind in your hair as you rush over the mountains and through the trees! For the adrenaline lovers in your group, this can turn a dull day into the thrill of a lifetime!

A mother and daughter enjoying a scenic train ride.3. Train Ride

If you like the idea of sitting back and relaxing while sightseeing in North Carolina, a ride on Blue Ridge Scenic Railway will be right up your alley! You’ll only have to drive 30 minutes from your Murphy NC cabin to experience this 4 hour, 26 miles scenic route through the mountains! There are both air conditioned and open-air cars to choose from, which means you can enjoy this train ride in any season. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the views!

4. Whitewater Rafting

If you’re traveling during the hot, summer months, a popular way to cool down and enjoy sightseeing in North Carolina is to hop in the river for a day of whitewater rafting. Rafting the rapids is an exciting but family friendly way to take in the views while also having some fun in the sun! From action packed tours with lots of splashing to calmer rides through bouncy but gentle rapids, your tour guide can take you on whatever kind of adventure you’re looking for. The river is nature’s ultimate playground!


Beautiful mountain views from a cabin in Murphy, North Carolina.5. Views from Your Cabin

For the ultimate in relaxation, consider spending the weekend sightseeing in North Carolina from the comfort of your Murphy NC cabin! Our cabins have huge windows with beautiful views, large decks overlooking the mountains and bubbling hot tubs perfect for soaking in the Smoky Mountain scenery while soaking out the stress of daily life! Your kids will love pool table, air hockey and game system, and the adults will love having a drink around the crackling fire or preparing a delicious meal in the fully equipped kitchen. A weekend at our Murphy NC cabins is exactly what you’ve been dreaming of.

Now that you’re ready for your weekend of sightseeing in North Carolina, book your stay at a Murphy NC cabin today!