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Hike or go horseback riding, ride a bike through the countryside or rock climb, take a flatwater paddle — there’s plenty to do outdoors here.
For a breathtaking experience, spend some time biking in the North Carolina mountains when the seasons are changing or coming into bloom.
On North Carolina’s glorious “Golf Coast,” manicured courses and beautiful beaches set the stage for a first-rate golf vacation.
Whether you’re looking for a daring adventure or a more relaxing escape, this coastal region offers a backdrop of incredible beauty.
From 5 Diamond Hotels to world-class museums, up-and-coming chefs and award-winning breweries, the desire for better is always here.
This area is rich in culture, history and landscapes, and it honors the Cherokee Indians’ journey.
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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.
At four spots along the coast, you can discover the otters, fish, sea turtles and other aquatic life that make our waters so vibrant.
Though long ago lighthouses protected adventurers from our treacherous coastline, today they offer some of the most incredible views you’ll see.
Whether you’re looking for a white-knuckle rafting experience or a relaxing day with the family, our rambunctious rivers are ready to roll.
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.
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.
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.
North Carolina’s 20-plus ferries have been a convenient and enjoyable way to travel the state's coastline since the mid-1920s.
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.
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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.
Wilmington and Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville beaches wait with gardens, shopping, great dining and plenty to do for the entire family.
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.
This two-hour drive in the Great Smoky Mountains is a great way to see waterfalls, rhododendron blooms and lush, beautiful forests.
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 three-day trip starts in Asheville and ends outside of Boone, featuring farm visits, local wine, farm-to-table dining, alpacas and more.
Visit Rodanthe and nearby Outer Banks attractions where you can experience firsthand the adventure and romance of the movie.
The Outer Banks and Crystal Coast attract visitors to enjoy historic lighthouses, maritime history, charming fishing villages and sunny shores.
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 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.
This region offers 75-mile views from atop Chimney Rock, Cherokee history and great shopping for mountain crafts in Asheville and Dillsboro.
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.
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The North Carolina State Fair is held annually in Raleigh in mid-October. See more »
Travel from Africa to the Arctic in the same day at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro
Reed Gold Mine near Concord is the only underground gold mine open to the public
Hop aboard the Wild West Train Adventure at Tweetsie Railroad in the High Country
Take a pirate tour to see the hideouts of Blackbeard and other famous raiders of our coast
Step back in time for family fun at Tweetsie Railroad, a Wild West theme park in Blowing Rock. See more »
Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh
Cape Lookout Lighthouse is only accessible by ferry, but well worth the trip. See more »
River Lodge Bed and Breakfast in the Great Smoky Mountains
ImaginOn library and children's theater in Charlotte
The Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain is a popular spot for families of all ages. See more »
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores exhibits lead you from the mountains to the sea. See more »
Bald Head Island offers visitors a rich maritime world, from pristine beaches and sea turtles to Old Baldy Lighthouse.
History comes to life in Winston-Salem, where you'll find some of the nation's best-preserved colonial heritage sites at Historic Bethabara Park, Historic Bethania and Old Salem Museum & Gardens.
From above the clouds to below the surface, take a journey through the many layers of North Carolina beauty.
Explore 20 acres of historical buildings and gardens and an interactive history center at Tryon Palace in New Bern.
At the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, you can get your fill of sweets, play in the arcade, watch an outdoor movie, see the ocean from the Ferris wheel, and enjoy live music.
Slip down Sliding Rock, a 60-foot natural water slide with a cool pool at the bottom, in the Land of Waterfalls.
The highlight of this Topsail-area park is Bear Island, a remote, unspoiled beach where you can swim, surf, fish, camp, canoe and kayak.
Plan a weekend getaway to the North Carolina mountains, where you can choose and cut the perfect family Christmas tree.
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More than one-acre outdoor park with a 720-square-foot stage and 600-square-foot room attached to the stage. A perfect…
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Regions: Piedmont, Raleigh, Durham & the Triangle
We have a selection of some of the best award-winning beer waiting for you to take home.
Region: Smoky Mountains & Cherokee
Fish with Captain Mike Dennis for some outstanding grouper and snapper fishing. Great family charters for Spanish…
Regions: Coast, Wilmington Area
The Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center(CTCRC) is housed in the old Columbia Theater built in 1938 by German…
Regions: Coast, Albemarle & Pamlico Sounds
Located between Jacksonville and Richlands on Gum Branch Road, is Rock Creek Golf and Country Club, a beautiful…
Region: Topsail Area
An area park that offers two 18-hole championship golf courses, a golf practice and learning facility, a fully-stocked…
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The Andy Griffith Playhouse, circa 1920, is the first known site of a public school in Mount Airy, where Andy Griffith…
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Six miles North of Taylorsville, turn right on Vashti Road, 3rd house(white)on left.
Regions: Mountains, Asheville & the Foothills
Specializes in functional pottery including dinner and tableware handmade in more than 20 glazes.
Region: Greensboro & Winston-Salem
Celebrating contemporary mountain art!
Region: Asheville & the Foothills
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