How to reach the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone
Please do not use GPS without reading the following help section.
The Easiest Way to Reach with GPS
In your GPS, enter: 2200 U.S. 421, Boone, NC (Kangaroo/Marathon Gas Station)
There will be a traffic light at the gas station. This is the last traffic light in Boone if coming from the West and the first if coming from the East.
From the traffic light it will take approximately 15 minutes:
1. Turn onto Bamboo Rd. If coming from the East, it is a left turn. If coming from the South or West, it is a right turn. (3.2 mi)
2. Left onto Little Laurel Rd. (the last turn before the gravel road). (1.3 mi)
3. Right onto Little Laurel Extension (.6 mi)
4. Left onto Whispering Hills Rd
Once you reach the center:
For visitors, call (800) 392-6870. Continue straight past the welcome sign on Whispering Hills Rd and follow the reception signs. Turn Left onto Rock Cliff Rd, and walk down the slope to the ground floor reception area at 639 Whispering Hills Rd. This is the yellow golden building at the corner of Whispering Hills and Rock Cliff Rd.
You can find us on the map as “The International Center for Meditation and Well-Being”.
A cautionary note about GPS systems: many roads here are incorrectly labelled in the GPS navigation system. Please do not enter 136 Virgil Day Road in your GPS. It will take you to a locked black gate. If this does happen, please return West to Bamboo Rd., take a right onto Little Laurel Rd., a right onto Little Laurel Extended and a left onto Whispering Hills.
Transportation From Charlotte Airport to the Boone Center
1. Airport Shuttle: The hickory hop shuttle, (828) 327-2340, departs from Charlotte airport towards Boone 5 times daily. Cost per person is $90. Please tell them you are going to the Art of Living Center in Boone.
2. Private Driver: Blowing Rock Airport Service: (828) 773-6496 | High Country Transport: (828) 260-1146 | High Country Taxi: (828) 414-1492
2. Car Rental: Enterprise, Avis, Alamo, Hertz, National and Budget offer car rentals from the airport. Please call the rental company for pricing.
4. Intercity Bus: There is also a public bus, the Mountaineer Express North, that leaves from downtown Charlotte at 6pm each day.
- From the airport, you can catch the CAT bus #5 to the Charlotte transportation center.
- From there, you can take a taxi 1 mile to the Greyhound station.
- The "Mountaineer Express" North Bus departs at 6:00 pm. A ticket costs $13/person as of Dec. 2013, and the bus will arrive at 9:35 in Boone. From there a ride can be arranged. Please let us know your approximate arrival time and we will welcome you to the center.
There are several airports nearby to Boone:
1. Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC (100 miles)
2. Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) in Johnson City, TN (80 miles)
3. Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in Greensboro, NC (110 miles)
4. Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) in Raleigh, NC (3.5 hours)