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Airport

Airport

Banner Elk is accessed by way of the Asheville Regional Airport, which is 80 miles south of Banner Elk itself. AVL services American, Delta, Continental, United and US Airways. Vision and AirTran both offer seasonal flights to Destin and Orlando. Ground transportation services are provided by taxi cab, bus, limousine, car service, and rental cars. Another way of reaching Avery County is also Blue Ridge Parkway, running the crest of Blue Ridge Mountains from Virginia to Western North Carolina.
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Passport/Visa

Passport/Visa

Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
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Best Time to Visit

Best Time to Visit

As with most of western North Carolina, Avery County presents a continental climate characterized by high percentage of humidity, which makes the perceived temperature quite cold during the winter and specially hot from June to August. The weeks spanning January to March are definitely the perfect period for winter sport lovers, while the period from May to September would be perfect for open air activities like hiking, trekking or fishing. Summer is also the part of the year when the majority of folk festivals takes place, like the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.Don't underestimate the beauty of autumn in High Country, and the spectacular landscapes and colors you can admire on the slopes of Blue Ridge Mountains.
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