Western North Carolina mountains with the best views

The Top Western North Carolina Mountains with the Best Views

Imagine looking out across the horizon as you take a step onto the peak of a WNC mountain. That feeling of awe and inspiration is exactly what you will get atop the Western North Carolina mountains with the best views. We even dare to say that these are the most spectacular views on the East Coast! Of course, these extraordinary spots are an essential part of WNC’s wonder. Before you plan your getaway, take some time to browse through our free Vacation Guide to discover all the great activities and attractions that our breathtaking region has to offer.  

Here’s Where to Find the North Carolina Mountains with the Best Views 


Mount Mitchell offers the highest point east of the Mississippi. The summit sits at 6,684 feet and overlooks the forest of firs and pines below. If you’re looking for North Carolina Mountains with the best views, this is the place to snap a jaw-dropping photo. In addition to sweeping vistas, Mount Mitchell State Park features five hiking trails of various difficulties so that anyone can enjoy the outdoors. 


The Blue Ridge Parkway has long been known as “America’s Favorite Drive” because of its stunning byways and twisting mountain turns. The road stretches 250 miles from Virginia to North Carolina. Along the way, you’ll experience spectacular vistas of the Appalachian and Smoky Mountains. The speed limit tops out at 45 mph, allowing drivers to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. If you have the opportunity to take this once-in-a-lifetime drive, you won’t want to miss out!  

Pro-tip: Just about anywhere on the Blue Ridge Parkway is an excellent spot to (safely) pull over to snap a photo or take in the view. 


Chimney Rock State Park is home to countless nature trails. You’ll find everything here, from kid-friendly hikes to more strenuous excursions. You need to explore the Hickory Nut Falls trail for a challenging hike with a reward at the end, a lovely waterfall. Then once you reach the top, you’ll discover impressive panoramic views of Lake Lure and great views of the Blue Ridge Moutain foothills. 

Pro-tip: Save money on your Chimney Rock excursion by taking advantage of our Hickory Nut Gorge Package


Continue Enjoying the Mountain Vistas at The Esmeralda

After enjoying the best views in the Western North Carolina mountains, come relax with us. When you stay at The Esmeralda, you’ll never have to say goodbye to the spectacular views of Chimney Rock. Our historic mountainside inn faces the mountain and offers a unique vantage point from sunrise to sunset. At The Esmeralda, you can start your mornings with our delicious breakfast or with a relaxing stroll along the banks of the Rocky Broad River at The Esmeralda Park. With this quiet property and spacious accommodations, you’ll remain in a peaceful state of mind throughout your stay. 

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Make your reservations today. The Western North Carolina mountains can’t wait to show you all their beauty!