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Dig for gold, emeralds and gems at kid-friendly mines or visit mountain mineral museums.
Play a round at Lake Lure Golf Club or one of our many other nationally recognized courses.
Drink to the days of moonshine at microdistilleries crafting legal, small-batch spirits.
Tour the Historic River District, board Battleship North Carolina, and enjoy the surf and sand at Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville beaches.
Explore the beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Land of the Waterfalls, Cherokee and the nation’s first fly fishing trail.
This urban area boasts arts, shopping, botanical gardens, craft breweries, the U.S. National Whitewater Center and the home of NASCAR.
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There’s an adventure around every bend in North Carolina. For amazing mountain views, hike to the top of Mount Mitchell, the highest point in the East, or enjoy a scenic drive to an overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway. See Whitewater Falls, the tallest waterfall in the East, in the Nantahala National Forest. Find big excitement on record-breaking zip lines, urban bike trails, rivers and lakes, or catch a fish so big the story doesn’t need embellishing along our coast.
Go skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing, play golf, or plan an offseason trip to the beach.
Hike 88 miles of this national treasure in our mountains, and stand at its highest point here.
Hit the trail in Pisgah National Forest, at the U.S. National Whitewater Center or on a coastal byway.
Travel 250 miles of America’s Favorite Drive for breathtaking views and mountain heritage.
Rough it − or go “glamour camping” − in lush forests, on quiet seashores or close to home.
Hang glide, rock climb, kiteboard, zip line or skydive for the ultimate adrenaline rush.
Cast a line in mountain trout streams, central lakes, coastal sounds or the Gulf Stream.
Explore the outdoors in the Great Smokies, Cape Hatteras, Cape Lookout, state parks and more.
Stroll among azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods and more in vibrant and historic gardens.
Explore by foot on the Appalachian Trail, Mountains-to-Sea Trail and shorter paths.
Ride the 318-curve Dragon and more of the country’s most adventurous roads.
Float gently down an ancient river or take a thrilling tumble through Class IV-V rapids.
Drive roads that double as destinations from the Cherohala Skyway to the Outer Banks Byway.
Kayak, boat, paddleboard, scuba dive and more on our beaches, lakes and rivers.
Slip down Sliding Rock, drive the Waterfalls Byway or explore 250 falls in one county.
Ski, snowboard, ice skate and snow tube at 10 mountain ski resorts and winter areas.
Glide through trees, past waterfalls and toward urban skylines on family-friendly tours.
This area in the Great Smoky Mountains is home to 250 waterfalls, including the highest in the East and some that starred in Hollywood movies.
With hundreds of miles of creeks, streams and rivers to fish, catching a personal best brook, rainbow or brown trout is no problem here.
There are many reasons the Blue Ridge Parkway is called “America’s Favorite Drive,” and those include stops at must-see mileposts here.
A plethora of piers along North Carolina’s coastline offer fishing and so much more.
Transylvania County features some of the highest peaks in the East, which means some of the most thrilling mountain biking trails as well.
In the low, rolling central plain, visit churches, colleges, historic sites and gardens lush with blooms, flowering shrubs, herbs and trees.
With mountain peaks, rolling hills and an abundance of waterfalls, North Carolina is a natural choice for zip lines day, night and year-round.
Whether you take a low-altitude flight on the dunes or a mile-high flight with an instructor, you’ll experience thrills you won’t soon forget.
The Croatan, Uwaharrie, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests offer visitors the chance to play, explore or just relax.
For exciting activities in, on or above the water, our shores offer pristine beaches, expansive marshes, depths to dive and skies to fly.
Four lighthouses, a herd of wild horses and hundreds of miles of beach and shoreline to explore await on the Outer Banks and Crystal Coast.
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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.
This 40-minute drive takes you through one of the most scenic urban areas in the nation as it travels beside the tranquil Cape Fear River near the coast.
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 50-minute drive takes you from the golf community of Pinehurst north to Seagrove, home of the nation's largest community of potters.
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.
The Outer Banks and Crystal Coast attract visitors to enjoy historic lighthouses, charming fishing villages, abundant seafood and sunny shores.
Go boating along the Intracoastal Waterway to visit coastal spots such as Beaufort, Jacksonville, Wilmington and the Brunswick Islands.
This region offers 75-mile views from atop Chimney Rock, Cherokee history and great shopping for mountain crafts in Asheville and Dillsboro.
This trip takes you on a trek to the top of Cold Mountain for breathtaking views, starting and ending in Asheville for a weekend of outdoor fun.
Wilmington and Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville beaches wait with gardens, shopping, great dining and plenty to do for the entire family.
This two-hour drive in the Great Smoky Mountains is a great way to see waterfalls, rhododendron blooms and lush, beautiful forests.
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.
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When winter comes to North Carolina, head to the High Country for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating and snowshoeing.
Bald Head Island offers visitors a rich maritime world, from pristine beaches and sea turtles to Old Baldy Lighthouse.
If you're looking for adventure, head to Seven Devils, home to the largest tubing park in the East and a 20-cable, year-round zip line course.
Explore North Carolina's coastal marshes, central lakes and mountain rivers on a stand-up paddleboarding adventure.
Glide down the slopes on a snow tube at nearly a dozen tubing parks in the mountains. See more »
Transylvania County in western North Carolina, Cycling Capital of the South
Julian Price Memorial Park and Campground in Blowing Rock
The Orchid Conservatory at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont
Cape Lookout Lighthouse is only accessible by ferry, but well worth the trip
The steady winds on the Outer Banks make it one of the planet's best places for kiteboarding
Soar through 14,000 acres of Green River Game Lands with The Gorge Zip Line Canopy Adventure. See more »
Try surf fishing on more than 300 miles of barrier island coastline in North Carolina
The Nantahala Outdoor Center is one of the nation's largest outdoor recreation companies
Enjoy a variety of waterfalls and hiking trails in Pisgah National Forest
Take a scenic drive with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Pamlico Sound on the other. See more »
Banker ponies at Shackleford Banks, part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore
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1 137-acre botanical forest and environmental education center.
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Regions: Piedmont, Charlotte Region
Approx 140 acre preserve along Swift Creek with unique vegetation, including Eastern Hemlocks. Three-mile trail system…
Regions: Piedmont, Raleigh, Durham & the Triangle
Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River. Trips last 2 1/2 hours. Life jackets, paddle and shuttle furnished. Change…
Regions: Mountains, Smoky Mountains & Cherokee
Self-guided float trips - using raft, tube, kayak, Funyak, ducks or canoes - down the scenic Tuckaseegee River Gorge.…
This picturesque fall cascades over US 64/28 in a 120-foot waterfall. For a more leisurely view or to take a…
376-acre nature preserve with more than 8 miles of hiking trails. Access to Bicentennial Greenway which is a 6.5 mile,…
Regions: Piedmont, Greensboro & Winston-Salem
Educational farm that provides year round nature activities (horseback riding, pottery, summer camps).
This 238-acre facility offers fishing, jon boat and canoe rentals, fishing pier, bait shop, picnic area, playground and…
This one-acre facility features a pavilion, wooden dance floor, water fountain, picnic tables, memory walk, and outdoor…
“Life by Water’s Rhythms” is the theme of this educational facility dedicated to exploring coastal North Carolina’s…
Regions: Coast, Outer Banks & Currituck
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An authentic coastal experience featuring waters of crystalline purity bordering sandy, sparkling beaches awaits you on North Carolina’s Crystal…
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