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Head for the Mountains and Explore Appalachian State

Sanford Mall at Appalachian State

Appalachian State University's Sanford Mall

The North Carolina landscape is an interesting blend of marshes, beaches and marinas along the coast, and high country mountain backdrops in the northwest.

While many visitors enjoy tours of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Asheville, there's a wealth of impressive and fun things to do, see, and experience when you head for the town of Boone – plan on exploring Appalachian State University and its surrounding area.

Established in 1899, Appalachian State University, commonly referred to as App State, is a public institution originally created as a teacher's college.

It wasn't until 1967 when App State expanded to include other areas of study. You'll be a short, scenic drive away from the App State campus when you visit Boone or nearby cities like Jefferson and Banner Elk.

Because of a close proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway, App State students and visitors are able to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities – fishing, hiking, rock climbing, skiing in the winter months, and even rafting. Hike to the top of Howard Knob, a picturesque mountain in Boone, and enjoy stunning views of the App State campus.

When you visit Boone during the fall, you'll be treated to the excitement of college football. Head for Kidd Brewer Stadium and watch as the Appalachian State Mountaineers football teams battles against other members of the Southern Conference of the Football Championship Subdivision. App State fields 20 varsity level teams in total.

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