The perfect North Carolina winter mountain getaway awaits in Blowing Rock, an underrated American gem. After touring Flat Top Manor, explore Moses Cone Memorial Park, which has 25 miles of carriage trails for horseback riding, hiking and cross-country skiing. Skiing and hiking can also be done on portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway that get closed to cars when it snows. The area is great for skiing, horseback riding and more. Come for Winterfest in January for great shopping, a polar plunge and a community bonfire. And of course no visit would be complete without a visit to Blowing Rock's namesake rock, the state's oldest travel attraction.