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Find peak color on the Blue Ridge Parkway, in the Great Smoky Mountains, at Chimney Rock, Lake James, Mount Mitchell, Stone Mountain and more.
Enjoy all fall has to offer at Fort Fisher, Carolina Beach, Hammocks Beach, Jockey’s Ridge, Dismal Swamp, Cliffs of the Neuse and other coastal parks.
See brilliant reds, oranges and golds at Kerr Lake, Hanging Rock, Lake Norman, William B. Umstead and state parks and natural areas across the region.
Tour a decorated battleship, enjoy shopping and nightlife, and surf or relax at area beaches.
Explore historic sites and nature trails, play a round in the Home of American Golf and visit the Airborne & Special Operations Museum.
Discover the quirky charm of this area’s art galleries, craft breweries and natural attractions.
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These North Carolina destinations aren’t just tourist attractions, they’re iconic experiences you’ll never forget. Watch wild horses run free on our beaches as they have for 400 years, or get a new view of the coast from atop a lighthouse or ferry. Stroll the streets of an 18th-century settlement, visit America’s largest home at Biltmore, or find décor for your own in the Furniture Capital. Here too, you’ll see places where characters came to life, from real-life pirate hideouts and music halls, to spots featured in blockbuster movies and Emmy-winning TV shows.
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Celebrate autumn with foliage hikes, scenic drives, fishing trips, and harvest festivals.
Our 300 miles of pristine beaches offer coastal towns, outdoor adventure and breathtaking views.
Visit Biltmore, Battleship North Carolina and more than 35 state and national historic sites.
Travel 250 miles of America’s Favorite Drive for breathtaking views and mountain heritage.
See the sites featured in Iron Man 3, The Hunger Games, Homeland, One Tree Hill and more.
Shop handcrafted furnishings at bargain prices in the Hickory and High Point areas.
See our beaches by ferry or from atop Cape Hatteras and other coastal lighthouses.
Ride the 318-curve Dragon and more of the country’s most adventurous roads.
See places that inspired music greats such as The Avett Brothers, Earl Scruggs and James Taylor.
Step back in time in this 18th century Moravian settlement's museums, gardens and bakery.
Retrace the steps of Blackbeard and other pirates at coastal sites, museums and festivals.
Discover the Banker ponies that have roamed wild on our beaches for more than 400 years.
Film lovers can return to the scenes of Iron Man 3 action in Wilmington, Raleigh, Rose Hill and more local spots where the movie was filmed.
America's largest home is more than just a house. It's part museum, part vineyard, part botanical garden and part outdoor adventure.
Bluegrass music traditions have rung out in our mountains for hundreds of years. Start mapping your journey with this sampling of settings.
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.
If you're shopping for high-quality, name-brand home furnishings at bargain prices, look no further than the Hickory and High Point areas.
Get a close-up view of the wild horses that have roamed our beaches for 400 years on guided tours on the Outer Banks and Crystal Coast.
Experience early American history in this Moravian settlement, where you can see craftsmen do historic trades and enjoy historic gardens.
From the Outer Banks through the Brunswick Islands, tours, museums and historic sites reveal North Carolina’s pirate history.
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It's easy to enjoy the real-life settings that inspire his bestselling novels, from charming coastal towns to quiet beaches and tidal rivers.
Tucked between Interstate 77 to the west and Winston-Salem to the northeast, this day trip has much to offer beyond tastings and tours.
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.
The Outer Banks and Crystal Coast attract visitors to enjoy historic lighthouses, maritime history, charming fishing villages and sunny shores.
This daylong drive and ferry tour traces the coastline, exploring the maritime history of our sounds, barrier islands and coastal villages.
This 45-minute drive in the Great Smoky Mountains is often compared to the Blue Ridge Parkway because of its scenic natural landscapes.
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 Panem starts in North Carolina, where the first movie based on the bestselling book trilogy was filmed.
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.
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George Vanderbilt created Biltmore, an 8,000-acre estate in Asheville, as a mountain escape. See more »
A herd of more than 100 wild horses roams Shackleford Banks on the Crystal Coast
Asheville's Grove Park Inn celebrated 100 years in 2013
The Dragon near Deals Gap is one of the top motorcycling roads in America
The Hunger Games filmed in DuPont State Forest and around Asheville and Charlotte
The Blue Ridge Parkway stretches 252 miles in the North Carolina mountains. See more »
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on the Outer Banks is America's tallest lighthouse
Take a tour of the most decorated battleship of World War II in Wilmington
Winkler Bakery at Old Salem still makes traditional Moravian cookies. See more »
Hickory Furniture Mart in Hickory greets more than 500,000 shoppers annually
The Old Salem Pedestrian Bridge is one of only three covered bridges in North Carolina
MerleFest in Wilkesboro honors the music of Doc and Merle Watson each April
You'll find Henredon, Drexel Heritage, Thomasville, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and 1,000 more manufacturers at this one-stop furniture destination.
"Old Baldy" and Oak Island Lighthouse have guarded the coast for centuries. Today they offer striking views of the ocean and inlet waters.
Visit Tryon Palace, Fort Anderson and other state historic sites featured on this hit Fox show that puts a modern twist on American history.
Visit Wilmington in February for one of the country's oldest traditional jazz festivals, with styles including early jazz, Dixieland, New Orleans and…
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a must-do mountain drive, winding 252 miles among scenic vistas and historic sites. Brought to you by Tweetsie Railroad.
From above the clouds to below the surface, take a journey through the many layers of North Carolina beauty.
Step back in time during holiday celebrations at Old Salem and Reynolda House, or take a tour through the Festival of Lights at Tanglewood Park.
Try the pork chop sandwich at this Main Street attraction in Mount Airy, the real-life Mayberry made famous on The Andy Griffith Show.
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