Nestled on a pristine plateau in the Nantahala National Forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Highlands, NC offers visitors a chance to slow down, relax, discover exciting outdoor adventure and join in a vibrant downtown scene. From hiking trails and waterfalls to performing arts, immersive dining and stylish boutiques, this bucolic mountain village is Western North Carolina's gem for rejuvenating vacations and weekend getaways. Hike to the crest of Whiteside Mountain or watch the sun go down at Sunset Rock. See a musical at Highlands Playhouse or explore the galleries at the Bascom Center for the Visual Arts. Wander downtown streets to shop, dine and take in the music scene.