Local Attractions Guide

There’s something for everyone within driving distance of Holiday Inn Express in Blowing Rock! Close to downtown Blowing Rock, Appalachian State University, Boone and the Blue Ridge Parkway, our convenient location provides easy access to everything Blowing Rock has to offer. We bring you within minutes of all the attractions that make Blowing Rock the "Crown of the Blue Ridge." From incredible deals at the outlets to the breathtaking views of the Appalachian mountains, you’ll find plenty of adventures to fill your days during your stay with us.

If you need help figuring out your Blowing Rock plans, we invite you to swing by our front desk. We would love to give you directions to can’t-miss spots, tell you where to find the perfect cup of coffee, and more!

Things to Do

Blowing Rock Brewery 0.9 mi
Downtown Blowing Rock 1.0 mi
Blowing Rock Art and History Museum 1.2 mi
The Blowing Rock 1.3 mi
Flat Top Manor 3.2 mi
Doc's Rocks Gem Mine 3.6 mi
Mystery Hill 3.7 mi
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park 3.8 mi
Tweetsie Railroad 4.2 mi
Julian Price Park 4.9 mi


Woodlands Barbeque Restaurant & Catering 0.1 mi
Foggy Rock Eatery and Pub 0.2 mi
The New Public House 0.8 mi
Savannah's Oyster House 0.9 mi
Kilwin's 1.0 mi
Camp Coffee Roasters 1.0 mi
Ugga Mugga Bakery 1.0 mi
Mellow Mushroom 1.1 mi
Blue Ridge Bites and Brews 1.2 mi
The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge 1.3 mi


Sunset & Vine 0.9 mi
Handtiques 0.9 mi
Rustic 1.0 mi
The Mountain Thread Company 1.0 mi
Tanger Outlets 1.2 mi

Main Attractions

The Blowing Rock

A little over a mile away from Holiday Inn Express, The Blowing Rock is about 4,000 feet in elevation and juts out over the Johns River Gorge. This 250 million-year-old cliff formation is the namesake of the town of Blowing Rock. In addition to being “North Carolina's Oldest Travel Attraction,” Blowing Rock is the only place in the world where snow falls upside down! In addition to learning about the legend of The Blowing Rock, you can enjoy a short stroll on the nature trail and take in the sweeping views of peaks, forests, and Johns River Gorge.

Tanger Outlets

Enjoy some of the world’s finest outlet shopping at Tanger Outlets! A little over a mile away from Holiday Inn Express, you can save 25% to 65% on the world’s leading designer and name brands including Coach, Gap Outlet, Bass, and Polo Ralph Lauren. Tanger Outlets is easily walkable with over 40 stores ranging from apparel to footwear to housewares. Spend a relaxed afternoon browsing the shops- we know you won’t leave empty-handed.

Downtown Blowing Rock

Did you know Blowing Rock's Main Street was honored with a 2013 Great Places in North Carolina award? With a thriving shopping scene and year-round recreation activities, it’s no wonder visitors love traveling to this breathtaking destination. Less than a 5-minute drive from Holiday Inn Express, Downtown Blowing Rock boasts a variety of art, specialty shopping, fine dining, cultural entertainment, and more. However you define a good time, you’re sure to find it in spades in Downtown Blowing Rock!