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Land of Oz – Beech Mountain, North Carolina

Located in the quaint town of Beech Mountain, the highest elevated town east of the Rockies, Land of Oz is a place every fan of The Wizard of Oz should experience.

Constructed in 1968 as a way to bring visitors to a ski resort in the off-season, Land of Oz was a major attraction for over a decade.  Its construction was significant for the area; five million dollars was budgeted for the project (a lot of money in 1968), actor Ray Bolger (Scarecrow in the iconic 1939 movie) broke ground to mark the beginning of construction, and celebrities Debbie Reynold and Carrie Fisher were on-hand to cut the opening-day ribbon.

Although a top tourist destination for many years, the attraction was plagued by a series of unfortunate events, including the death of its developer, a major fire, theft of original film costumes, and financial mismanagement. Today, many of the elements that made Land of Oz a special place still stand and have been reinvigorated for new generations. While not open to the public on a daily basis, Land of Oz hosts a number of sell-out special events each year, making it a very special experience for visitors.

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