Canton, North Carolina
Canton may be a rather small town, but it is the second largest in Haywood County, western North Carolina. It is surrounded by scenic mountain landscape and nestled along the banks of the Pigeon River. Canton is easily accessible since it is close to major highways and Asheville’s regional airport. It is mostly known because of the best-seller novel (it was turned later on into a blockbuster motion picture) “Cold Mountain” written by the local novelist Charles Frazier who spent many summers exploring Cold Mountain while looking for inspiration. Also, Canton became famous for it was here that two of the world’s largest star sapphires were mined; Star of the Carolinas (1445 karats), and the Southern Star (1035 karats). Both were found in the Old Pressley Sapphire Mine that is open to the public. Other top Canton tourist attractions include the beautiful Sunburst Falls, Skinny Dip Falls, and the Recreation Park. Regarding budget accommodation, Quality Inn West of Asheville is probably the best value-for-money option among top Canton, NC. For under $80/night, you get a comfy 2-guest room with free parking, internet, and breakfast included in the price.