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Tour through award-winning vineyards, sample something new in a tasting room or try some popular wines at one of our festivals.
See our beaches by ferry or from atop one of our historic coastal lighthouses.
North Carolina offers 400-plus golf courses across the state, and many champions have been drawn to our world-class designs.
The energy of the Charlotte region may have been sparked by its racing roots, but restaurants, nightlife and culture keep fueling the excitement.
Travel down the Blue Ridge Parkway and you’ll discover art galleries, craft breweries, natural attractions and more.
The breathtaking views at our coastal destinations are only rivaled by the aromas and tastes exuding from the wineries and breweries.
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North Carolina offers family fun with destinations and attractions for kids of all ages. Spend July 4th vacation at the beach and climb to the top of coastal lighthouses. Or explore the decks of Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington. Connect with wildlife at the North Carolina Zoo. Walk across the Mile High Swinging Bridge in the crisp clean air atop Grandfather Mountain. You can search for treasure in a gem mine or ride thrilling roller coasters at Carowinds.
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Dig for gold, emeralds and gems at kid-friendly mines or visit mountain mineral museums.
See our beaches by ferry or from atop Cape Hatteras and other coastal lighthouses.
Explore exhibits dedicated to flight, basketball, history, motorsports and getting hands-on.
Retrace the steps of Blackbeard and other pirates at coastal sites, museums and festivals.
Ride the Great Smoky Mountains and Tweetsie railroads, relive the Wrights' first flight and more.
Hunt for ghosts, watch whirligigs spin and find big fun at our “world’s largest” sights.
Rent a beach house beyond where the road ends, a quiet mountain cabin or even a houseboat.
Bring your kids and pick your own strawberries, apples, pumpkins and Christmas trees.
Go wild at the North Carolina Zoo, coastal aquariums and other animal attractions.
North Carolina’s 20-plus ferries have been a convenient and enjoyable way to travel the state's coastline since the mid-1920s.
Though long ago lighthouses protected adventurers from our treacherous coastline, today they offer some of the most incredible views you’ll see.
At four spots along the coast, you can discover the otters, fish, sea turtles and other aquatic life that make our waters so vibrant.
This is one of the easiest and prettiest places to pack a picnic basket, with each region offering a variety of landscapes for any appetite.
Even when they’re 50, your kids will remember the great places to make memories for a lifetime waiting all across our state.
The Brunswick Islands are the ideal place for a family vacation that includes golf, with more than 30 top-rated courses ready to welcome you.
Here you can see 1,600 animals and 52,000 plants, and walk from the African grasslands to the North American Arctic Coast in a single afternoon.
Winter is a great time to plan summer fun on the North Carolina coast. Dreams of sunshine, sand, seafood and adventure will warm the coldest day.
Eager to explore the wild side of North Carolina? Point your GPS toward aquariums, zoos, national wildlife refuges, a tiger rescue and more.
Whether you’re looking for a white-knuckle rafting experience or a relaxing day with the family, our rambunctious rivers are ready to roll.
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Visit Rodanthe and nearby Outer Banks attractions where you can experience firsthand the adventure and romance of the movie.
This two-hour drive in the Great Smoky Mountains is a great way to see waterfalls, rhododendron blooms and lush, beautiful forests.
This region offers 75-mile views from atop Chimney Rock, Cherokee history and great shopping for mountain crafts in Asheville and Dillsboro.
Plan a day trip or a weeklong getaway with tubing and paddling on the Dan River, hiking and camping in state parks, rock climbing, biking and more.
The Outer Banks and Crystal Coast attract visitors to enjoy historic lighthouses, maritime history, charming fishing villages and sunny shores.
This three-day trip starts in Asheville and ends outside of Boone, featuring farm visits, local wine, farm-to-table dining, alpacas and more.
You'll find many things we're famous for near Asheboro and Lexington, including the Childress and Petty racing museums, the North Carolina Zoo and barbecue.
This daylong drive and ferry tour traces the coastline, exploring the maritime history of our sounds, barrier islands and coastal villages.
Charlotte has much to offer in art, history and culture. Spend three days here and discover a great sampling of museums, music and more.
Wilmington and Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville beaches wait with gardens, shopping, great dining and plenty to do for the entire family.
The Road to Nowhere ends at a tunnel inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you want to venture farther, you have to do it by foot.
From an early declaration of independence to modern-day Special Forces, North Carolina is overflowing with history near Interstates 95 and 40.
What's more fun than hiking, picnicking and splashing in cold mountain streams? Grab this three-day trip, pack up the kids and head for the hills.
Visit pirate hideouts, skulk around the town Blackbeard called home, see where his sunken ship is submerged, and see where he met his violent end.
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North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores exhibits lead you from the mountains to the sea. See more »
ImaginOn library and children's theater in Charlotte
Step back in time for family fun at Tweetsie Railroad, a Wild West theme park in Blowing Rock. See more »
Travel from Africa to the Arctic in the same day at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro
The Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain is a popular spot for families of all ages. See more »
Reed Gold Mine near Concord is the only underground gold mine open to the public
The North Carolina State Fair is held annually in Raleigh in mid-October. See more »
Take a pirate tour to see the hideouts of Blackbeard and other famous raiders of our coast
Cape Lookout Lighthouse is only accessible by ferry, but well worth the trip. See more »
Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh
River Lodge Bed and Breakfast in the Great Smoky Mountains
Hop aboard the Wild West Train Adventure at Tweetsie Railroad in the High Country
"Old Baldy" and Oak Island Lighthouse have guarded the coast for centuries. Today they offer striking views of the ocean and inlet waters.
Summer Turtle Talk events teach visitors about the sea turtles that have nested from Sunset Beach to Bald Head Island for hundreds of years.
At the National Hollerin' Contest in September, participants use their vocal stylings to impress judges with their expertise in various "hollers."
Tour the decks of the most decorated battleship of World War II, which now rests proudly near downtown Wilmington.
The Intimidator at Carowinds in Charlotte is the tallest, fastest, longest roller coaster in the Southeast and was named the Top New U.S. Coaster of 2010 by the Coaster Critic.
The highlight of this Topsail-area park is Bear Island, a remote, unspoiled beach where you can swim, surf, fish, camp, canoe and kayak.
Take the Blue Ridge Parkway to Milepost 328.3, where kids and families can enjoy apple picking, a butterfly garden, a bee hive and walking trails.
From above the clouds to below the surface, take a journey through the many layers of North Carolina beauty.
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Take your kids on a special Lake Norman Sightseeing Cruise and look for “Normie,” the Lake Norman Monster!
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