Home of Appalachian State University! Boone is a bustling community surrounded by the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains located about 12 miles from Banner Elk. Named after famous American pioneer Daniel Boone, this town stays true to its adventurous roots. Cross the thrilling Mile High Swinging Bridges at Grandfather Mountain, delve into the past at the Tweetsie Railroad or blast down 200 miles of twisting mountain bike trails through the lush Pisgah National Forest – that’s just a sample of the amazing things you can do here. This community also offers more than outdoor pursuits. From shopping and theatre to sports games at Appalachian State University, you’ll find something unforgettable to experience no matter what type of travel you prefer. Plus, there’s an array of comfortable and affordable hotels that will put you in the perfect position for exploring everything that the Blue Ridge Mountains area has to offer. With so many trails, attractions and family-friendly adventures at our doorstep, Boone offers the ideal destination for both weekend getaways and vacations.