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Destination guide

Relax and get close to nature in peaceful Highlands

High up in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Highlands abounds with possibilities. Just a stone’s throw away from Highlands vacation rentals, nature lovers can hike, cycle, or drive to the powerful waterfalls. Or, for something a little slower, take a tour around the town, meander the local streets, or pick up something special in one of the many boutiques. With a warm and welcoming climate, Highlands is ready to take away the stresses of everyday life so you can relax in the most serene of settings.

Things to do

Come to Highlands for the scenery, stay for the shopping

Highlands draws in visitors from far and wide, not just for its epic scenery, but also for the shopping opportunities in the town’s many boutiques and antiques stores. The choices are endless and you can pick up some truly unique pieces. If you’re a fan of glass, be sure you head to the American Museum of Cut and Engraved Glass to admire the jaw-dropping pieces on display there. If you need to re-energize, Highlands’ restaurants offer fine dining that is enhanced by the rocky and ragged scenic backdrop.


So many things to see and do in Highlands

From walking tours around the historic Downtown area to the exhibitions of The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts, Highlands is full of cultural activities. Wanting something a little more active? Hire a bike and head out along the rugged cycle tracks, or hike up the hills on foot. Be sure not to miss the Shadow of the Bear which is when the sun lies so perfectly across the hills that the shadow below resembles a bear. The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down either, thanks to the Instant Theater Company with its live-action, improvised theater.


Highlands is a welcome break for all

Bask in the sub-tropical climate of North Carolina’s Highlands. Even though Highlands is tucked away in America’s South, its location high up in the mountains enjoys a cooler climate. Far south enough not to snow in the winter, Highlands vacation rentals are available throughout the year. For visitors coming up from the South, the cooler climate is a welcome break from the summer heat in the lowlands, while the mild winters are a warm hug for visitors from the colder areas of the North.

Natural features

Take in the Highlands’ spectacular scenery

Just a couple of hours north of bustling Atlanta, Georgia, Highlands is nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains and in the Nantahala National Forest, giving respite from the stresses of daily life. Seated upon a plateau at an elevation of a little over 4,000 feet, the spectacular scenery that surrounds you and the Highlands vacation rentals is like a lush, green garden filled with mighty waterfalls. Unmissable for any nature lover! East of the Mississippi River and sitting on iconic Highway 64, Highlands is one of the country’s highest incorporated towns and sits amid one of just a handful of inspiring temperate rainforests in North America.

How to get there

How to get to and around Highlands

The nearest airport is in Asheville, NC (AVL-Asheville Regional), located 45.6 mi (73.5 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Highlands?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 1,110 vacation rentals around Highlands. From 338 cabin rentals to 983 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.