Hendersonville, North Carolina
If a destination with open spaces and outdoor adventure sounds enticing after a topsy-turvy 2020, immerse yourself in nature in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
The artsy, outdoorsy town of Hendersonville rests in an elevated plateau framed by mountain ridges. Surrounding peaks serve up beautiful sunrises and sunsets, while thousands of acres of national and state forests provide a biodiverse playground.
One of the most undisturbed regions in the Eastern U.S. is the Green River Gorge. Climbing for a cause is on tap at Green River Preserve, a 3,400-acre preserve within the gorge. Adventurers can book four-hour climbing sessions through the Mighty Boots Wilderness Project, which donates a portion of proceeds to the preserve, a youth camp inspiring environmental stewardship.
Zipping through the treetops with spectacular views is alternate option. The Gorge Zipline bills itself as “America’s steepest, fastest [...]