Are you looking for a laid back weekend getaway with a touch of excitement? If you are… then visit beautiful Murphy North Carolina. This is an easygoing, relaxing weekend with epic scenery to match the mood. Rolling mountains that can be seen for miles. Endless rivers and outdoor activities to add a little excitement to this destination. River rafting for the novice or the true adventurer. Oh and lets not forget they also have a Casino.. I decided to repost this artical, because as it turns out Murphy is going to be a fantastic location for the 2017 solar eclipse. August 21st, 2017 there will be a total solar eclipse and I can’t think of a better viewing area other than Murphy, North Carolina.
Where to stay. Lodging options are limited since you can blink and already be through the town. Steve and I are hotel snobs and are very particular about where we lay our heads down. I would recommend the Hampton Inn Murphy NC. The Hampton Inn is extremely clean. The staff is friendly and they do have an average hotel style pool.
What to do. For the more adventurous river rafters try Ocoee White Water Rafting. If you still want to have fun, but are unsure if rafting is for you, try rafting on the Nantahala River. Even if you decide not to river raft, take the beautiful ride along the Nantahala River. There are plenty of places to stop along the way. Romantic roadside pull overs with tables along the river. Watch as kayakers and rafters pass by. It’s one of the most peaceful places you’ll ever visit.
There are two Casinos, one in Murphy and one forty minutes down the road in Cherokee, North Carolina. The better of the two is Harrah’s Cherokee. This is a full size Casino with all the bells and whistles. Great food and entertainment. Large gaming area and full resort style pool. If you’d rather stay in Murphy then you can go to Harrah’s River Valley Casino. The Casino is relatively new and small. If you like to gamble it will serve its purpose but don’t expect any of the extras you would normally find in Casinos. There are limited food options inside the casino, in fact all they have is a food court. There is no nightlife and no one ever sitting at the bar. You would be better off to try out some local establishments for both food and nightlife. We have found a couple of great eating establishments in Murphy. I would recommend The Chop House for a more elegant meal, lively atmosphere and great outside entertainment. If you are looking for budget friendly dining then Brothers Restaurant is the place to go. There you’ll find delicious southern cooking in a casual atmosphere. Don’t let the exterior of the building keep you away. Brothers doesn’t look like a whole lot from the outside, but this is a case where you should not judge a book by its cover.
Expect to see both locals and visitors in the area. The main route through the area is scenic highway 74. One thing you will notice and you need to be aware of is the large amount of motorcycle riders also taking in the breathtaking scenery. The roads are winding and several blind curves. Share the road safely and be cautious for motorcycle riders. You’ll also see many cars pulled off along the road to look at the views or getting ready to get in the river for some fun. I hope if you get a chance to visit Murphy North Carolina for the 2017 Solar Eclipse or just for an anytime sightseeing experience. Let me know your thoughts if you’ve made Murphy a destination or any of the surrounding towns, such as: Cherokee North Carolina or Bryson City North Carolina…