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Across the state, people are seeking out food grown locally, which is why there’s a growing number of farm-to-table restaurants in every region.
Step to the tee among stunning mountains, rolling hills or beautiful beaches in North Carolina, home to more than 400 golf courses.
Ride a record-breaking roller coaster, visit the Wild West or beat the heat in a wave pool.
Along these beaches, see relics from Blackbeard’s ship, meet playful otters, watch wild horses, climb a lighthouse and more.
This area is an outdoor playground, including some of the best camping, hiking, biking and fishing around.
This region offers many opportunities for play, including golf courses, spas, military museums and indoor skydiving.
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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.
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Take a break with 300 miles of beaches, mountain waterfalls, theme parks and historic sites.
Go hang gliding, take a surf lesson or encounter wild horses on 300 miles of barrier island beaches.
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.
North Carolina is packed with adventures, so start exploring early. You’ll find perfect sunrise views at these spots, from beaches to mountaintops.
With hundreds of miles of creeks, streams and rivers to fish, catching a personal best brook, rainbow or brown trout is no problem here.
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.
With mountain peaks, rolling hills and an abundance of waterfalls, North Carolina is a natural choice for zip lines day, night and year-round.
In the low, rolling central plain, visit churches, colleges, historic sites and gardens lush with blooms, flowering shrubs, herbs and trees.
Transylvania County features some of the highest peaks in the East, which means some of the most thrilling mountain biking trails as well.
The Croatan, Uwharrie, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests offer visitors the chance to play, wander or just relax.
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.
For exciting activities in, on or above the water, our shores offer pristine beaches, expansive marshes, depths to dive and skies to fly.
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This 50-minute drive takes you from the golf community of Pinehurst north to Seagrove, home of the nation's largest community of potters.
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.
Charlotte has much to offer in art, history and culture. Spend three days here and discover a great sampling of museums, music and more.
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 revitalizing trip encompasses a relaxing spa visit, a wine cruise, a day out on the lake and great nightlife.
Go boating along the Intracoastal Waterway to visit coastal spots such as Beaufort, Jacksonville, Wilmington and the Brunswick Islands.
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.
This two-hour drive in the Great Smoky Mountains is a great way to see waterfalls, rhododendron blooms and lush, beautiful forests.
Wilmington and Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville beaches wait with gardens, shopping, great dining and plenty to do for the entire family.
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.
Visit several of the locations where Max was filmed, and you’ll experience some of North Carolina’s most beautiful natural attractions.
This daylong drive and ferry tour traces the coastline, exploring the maritime history of our sounds, barrier islands and coastal villages.
This region offers 75-mile views from atop Chimney Rock, Cherokee history and great shopping for mountain crafts in Asheville and Dillsboro.
The Outer Banks and Crystal Coast attract visitors to enjoy historic lighthouses, maritime history, charming fishing villages and sunny shores.
Just north of Charlotte on Interstate 77, Lake Norman offers Metrolina Greenhouses, the Carolina Raptor Center and other nature attractions.
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.
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Many of North Carolina’s winter sports resorts feature snow-tubing runs for family fun. See more »
The Orchid Conservatory at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont
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
Take a scenic drive with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Pamlico Sound on the other. See more »
Visit the Cape Lookout National Seashore to see the Banker ponies at Shackleford Banks. See more »
The Mile High Swinging Bridge offers 360-degree panoramic views from Grandfather Mountain. See more »
Cape Lookout Lighthouse is only accessible by ferry, but well worth the trip. See more »
The Dragon near Deals Gap is one of the top motorcycling roads in America
The steady winds on the Outer Banks make it one of the planet's best places for kiteboarding
Transylvania County in western North Carolina, Cycling Capital of the South
The Nantahala Outdoor Center is one of the nation's largest outdoor recreation companies
North Carolina's rolling landscapes, lush forests and brilliant fall color attract adventure seekers of all ages.
At Jockey's Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks, novice and expert hang gliders alike can enjoy a bird's eye view of the sun, sand and sea.
Take zip line tour through the trees on eight zip lines, 16 tree platforms, three sky bridges and three spiral staircases.
Slip down Sliding Rock, a 60-foot natural water slide with a cool pool at the bottom, in the Land of Waterfalls.
Take a whirlwind tour of the outdoor adventure, craft beer and local art of the Land of Waterfalls, set to the music of the Crooked Pine Band.
Stand atop 315-foot Chimney Rock and see 75-mile views of Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure and central North Carolina.
Summer Turtle Talk events teach visitors about the sea turtles that have nested from Sunset Beach to Bald Head Island for hundreds of years.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a must-do mountain drive, winding 252 miles among scenic vistas and historic sites.
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The Dismal Swamp Trail is a 3 mile asphalt trail, between Hwy 17 and the Dismal Swamp Canal. This path weaves among the…
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Regions: Coast, Albemarle & Pamlico Sounds
Off Route 16. Mountain grown apples and additional products include Asian pears and nectarines.
Regions: Mountains, Asheville & the Foothills
Enjoy an easy canoe trip down the river or a picnic at the Oconaluftee Islands Park in the downtown area. The park…
Regions: Mountains, Smoky Mountains & Cherokee
Hike or bike from Battle Park. Upstream you will find Sunset Park (fishing pier, tennis, skating, splash park and…
Regions: Piedmont, Raleigh, Durham & the Triangle
A mile-long paved biking and walking trail from downtown Williamston to the Roanoke River waterfront.
Region: Inner Coastal Plain
The world’s premier outdoor recreation and environmental education center.
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Regions: Piedmont, Charlotte Region
Features an outdoor basketball court, lighted baseball field, and rest rooms and more.
Region: Charlotte Region
Beautiful, fully-equipped recreational facility surrounding a 350-acre trophy bass lake. Whether fishing, camping,…
See the Historic Beaufort waterfront and the Rachel Carson Reserve up close, aboard the Waterbug, our 16-passenger…
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Regions: Coast, Crystal Coast
Bird watching, boating/sailing, boat launches, boat rentals, camping, fishing, hiking, marina, picnic shelter, rock…
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