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Dig for gold, emeralds and gems at kid-friendly mines or visit offbeat and one-of-a-kind museums and festivals.
Step to the tee among stunning mountains, rolling hills or beautiful beaches in North Carolina.
Whether you’re whitewater rafting, fishing, swimming or sailing, our waters add excitement to any trip.
Tour a decorated battleship, enjoy shopping and nightlife, and surf or relax at area beaches.
The Triad cities and their neighboring towns are rich in history and culture.
This area honors the Cherokee Indians’ journey with art exhibits, museums, outdoor drama and festivals.
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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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Take a break with 300 miles of beaches, mountain waterfalls, theme parks and historic sites.
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 The Longest Ride, Iron Man 3, The Hunger Games, Homeland, One Tree Hill and more.
Shop handcrafted furnishings in Hickory and High Point, find upscale fashion in Charlotte and Raleigh, and catch deals at outlet malls across the state.
See our beaches by ferry or from atop Cape Hatteras and other coastal lighthouses.
From the Outer Banks through the Brunswick Islands, tours, museums and historic sites reveal North Carolina’s pirate history.
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.
Bluegrass music traditions have rung out in our mountains for hundreds of years. Start mapping your journey with this sampling of settings.
Kids grow up fast, and the memories they and their parents hold dear often come from family trips. Here’s a list of things to do they’ll never forget.
America's largest home is more than just a house. It's part museum, part vineyard, part botanical garden and part outdoor adventure.
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.
Experience early American history in this Moravian settlement, where you can see craftsmen do historic trades and enjoy historic gardens.
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.
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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 45-minute drive in the Great Smoky Mountains is often compared to the Blue Ridge Parkway because of its scenic natural landscapes.
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.
It's easy to enjoy the real-life settings that inspire his bestselling novels, from charming coastal towns to quiet beaches and tidal rivers.
This daylong drive and ferry tour traces the coastline, exploring the maritime history of our sounds, barrier islands and coastal villages.
The Outer Banks and Crystal Coast attract visitors to enjoy historic lighthouses, maritime history, charming fishing villages and sunny shores.
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.
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Take a tour of the most decorated battleship of World War II in Wilmington
The Dragon near Deals Gap is one of the top motorcycling roads in America
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 Blue Ridge Parkway stretches 252 miles in the North Carolina mountains. See more »
A herd of more than 100 wild horses roams Shackleford Banks on the Crystal Coast
George Vanderbilt created Biltmore, an 8,000-acre estate in Asheville, as a mountain escape. See more »
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on the Outer Banks is America's tallest lighthouse
Asheville's Grove Park Inn celebrated 100 years in 2013
The Hunger Games filmed in DuPont State Forest and around Asheville and Charlotte
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.
Hickory and High Point have a long history in handcrafted home furnishings, which means great bargain shopping for high-quality furniture.
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.
Visit Wilmington in February for one of the country's oldest traditional jazz festivals, with styles including early jazz, Dixieland, New Orleans and…
Visit Tryon Palace, Fort Anderson and other state historic sites featured on this hit Fox show that puts a modern twist on American history.
Banjo lovers from all over the world gathered to celebrate a bluegrass legend at the January 2014 opening of The Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby.
"Old Baldy" and Oak Island Lighthouse have guarded the coast for centuries. Today they offer striking views of the ocean and inlet waters.
Take a wild horse tour at Corolla or Shackleford Banks to see the Banker ponies that have roamed our coast for more than 400 years.
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The Hillsborough Antiques Mall is the oldest antiques mall in North Carolina. Twenty dealers provide a wide range of…
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North Carolina Central University memorabilia and Durham memorabilia.
Stonehaven Massage & Spa is unique in its approach to treating skin, body and mind in our upscale location close to the…
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All tours depart at Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill on Caswell St. Tours depart every Friday & Saturday night starting…
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Boat slips, launching, pool, tennis privileges.
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At Carolina Premium Outlets, you’ll enjoy savings of 25-65% every day at more than 80 designer and name-brand outlet…
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Unique gifts for the whole family!
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The Lumber River, which meanders along the border between Scotland and Hoke Counties before heading further east for…
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Antiques & Interiors provides the best English and European antiques, reproductions, and accessories.
Region: Greensboro & Winston-Salem
Carteret County Curb Market, the oldest continuously operating curb market in North Carolina, opens each Saturday…
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