The turn of the century brought a boom in tourism and an influx of visitors to the High Country, weaving the fabric of Appalachian traditional culture with outside influences. These visitors have been a staple of the High Country economy for decades and have in turn influenced and shaped both the internal and external perception of the region. From Tweetsie Railroad to Grandfather Mountain, these attractions have continued to bring sightseers from all over the country to experience the physical and social landscape of the High Country.
Literature, film, and other media have created a romanticized vision of the High Country. This was the initial draw for many early travelers and continues to mold the social framework among visitors and residents. The following is an assortment of attractions that have brought people to the region over the years.
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