Highlands sits higher than any city east of the Mississippi River, with an elevation of 4,118 feet, and this popular mountain getaway has served as a respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life for more than a century.
Breathtaking waterfalls are only a brisk hike away, and since the town is located in one of the few temperate rainforests in North America, the flora and fauna are sure to astound. The area also provides a multitude of private golf courses and trout fishing opportunities.
If you bring the kids, don't forget to take them to the Shadow of the Bear, where locals say a unique image appears from behind Whiteside Mountain several weeks a year.
*X MARKS THE SPOT
*Highlands was born when two Kansas developers, Samuel Truman Kelsey and Clinton Carter Hutchinson, took a map of the United States and drew a large X reaching from Chicago to Savannah and from New Orleans to Baltimore. They predicted that the spot where the lines intersected would one day become a great commercial crossroads, and developed a resort town there in the 1870s.
*Whether you’re looking for a nail-biting adventure or a leisurely stroll through the forest, Highlands offers outdoor fun for every pace.
*Highlands may be off the beaten path, but it has gained a reputation as a vibrant place for the arts and for unique shopping.
*SIP AND SAVOR
*Appetite whetted with that fresh mountain air? Luckily, Highlands has become a magnet for some top-tier chefs, with at least five restaurants in town being awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
*After you’re worn out from your full day in Highlands, it’s time to get cozy. Highlands has a range of accommodations for the weary traveler.