Visitors to Highlands discover a quaint, authentic mountain community with a rich diversity of recreational, cultural and outdoor activities. Perched on the highest plateau of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina, Highlands' summertime temperatures attract visitors who come to enjoy the cool days and brisk mountain evenings.
Cultural draws include a fine art center, professional theatre, art galleries, chamber music concerts, and more. The Bascom, a Center for the Visual Arts, offers a variety of diverse exhibits along with studio instruction that is popular for all ages.
Outdoors activities are numerous. The botanical mountain surroundings beckon those who enjoy the outdoors. Explore a nearby waterfall, join a group for an invigorating hike, or stroll the sidewalks of Main Street. The Highlands plateau is renowned for its leisure activities, golf, croquet, fly-fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing and whitewater rafting.