Search entire site
Highlights you might like:
North Carolina offers 400-plus golf courses across the state, and many champions have been drawn to our world-class designs.
See our beaches by ferry or from atop one of our historic coastal lighthouses.
Tour through award-winning vineyards, sample something new in a tasting room or try some popular wines at one of our festivals.
The energy of the Charlotte region may have been sparked by its racing roots, but restaurants, nightlife and culture keep fueling the excitement.
The breathtaking views at our coastal destinations are only rivaled by the aromas and tastes exuding from the wineries and breweries.
Travel down the Blue Ridge Parkway and you’ll discover art galleries, craft breweries, natural attractions and more.
Navigation - Things to Do Signature Attractions Arts & Entertainment Eat & Drink History & Heritage Kids & Family Outdoor Resorts & Spas Sports & GolfTrip IdeasCities & Regions Mountains Piedmont CoastEventsPlaces to StayTravel DealsVideos
From the highest mountains on the East Coast, to rolling hills and cityscapes, to 300 miles of beaches, you’ll find countless things to see and do in North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains are two of the most-visited attractions in the National Park Service, and Cape Hatteras holds the title of the country’s first national seashore. Unwind at award-winning spas or catch a performance of two of the nation’s longest-running outdoor dramas. Savor fresh seafood, local barbecue, and small-batch beer, wine and spirits. Or visit the past on Civil War trails and historic sites. However you define a great vacation, you’ll find it here.
Take me to:Videos | Attractions
Discover iconic things to see and do all across North Carolina.
Visit museums, see film sites, meet local artisans and enjoy performing arts and nightlife.
Taste delicious local foods and raise a glass to award-winning craft beer, wine and moonshine.
Step back in time at historic sites, on pirate trails and with Cherokee traditions.
Find family fun at aquariums, farms, zoos, museums, and nature and amusement parks.
Bike, hike, surf, ski, paddle, hang glide, zip line, snow tube, visit waterfalls or take a scenic drive.
Enjoy romance and relaxation at our golf and luxury resorts and wedding destinations.
Play for fun or cheer on the pros at NASCAR races, extreme sporting events and games.
From the misty mountains to the storied Outer Banks, North Carolina is perfectly designed for spending quality time with the one you love.
North Carolina, long the world’s premiere bastion of barbecue, celebrates its heritage and diversity with a map of some of state’s perfect pits.
With mountain peaks, rolling hills and an abundance of waterfalls, North Carolina is a natural choice for zip lines day, night and year-round.
North Carolina has more breweries and brewpubs than any other Southern state, which means you're never far from imaginative, tasty local beer.
These rugged mountains are home to nearly 1,000 miles of hiking trails, countless animal species, scenic tours, historic sites and waterfalls.
Plan a trip to explore our wine trails, enjoy seasonal wine festivals, and sample European-style and sweet wines at more than 100 wineries.
North Carolina has a wide range of world-class hotels and spas offering a variety of soothing settings, treatments and value-packed packages.
Celebrate our “First in Flight” heritage at the Wright Brothers National Memorial and the home of the “Miracle on the Hudson” Airbus A-320.
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.
Legendary Pinehurst No. 2 was carefully restored just in time to host the men’s and women’s U.S. Open Championships in June 2014.
Though long ago lighthouses protected adventurers from our treacherous coastline, today they offer some of the most incredible views you’ll see.
Even when they’re 50, your kids will remember the great places to make memories for a lifetime waiting all across our state.
Show more stories
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.
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.
Each of the wineries on this trail near Raleigh is family-owned and -operated and dripping with rich history dating back to the mid-1700s.
Plan a brewery vacation with this three-day tasting tour of local breweries and craft beer spots in Asheville, Charlotte and the Triangle.
Take an arts tour that includes Ben Long's famous frescoes, Appalachian arts and culture, outdoor drama, North Carolina wine country and more.
The Outer Banks and Crystal Coast attract visitors to enjoy historic lighthouses, maritime history, charming fishing villages and sunny shores.
Just 45 minutes west of Winston-Salem, the Elkin area of the Yadkin Valley features world-class wineries perfect for a day trip or multiday wine trail.
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.
Taste your way through the Triangle at local markets, award-winning restaurants, barbecue joints and down-home dining spots.
It's easy to enjoy the real-life settings that inspire his bestselling novels, from charming coastal towns to quiet beaches and tidal rivers.
The road to Panem starts in North Carolina, where the first movie based on the bestselling book trilogy was filmed.
Go boating along the Intracoastal Waterway to visit coastal spots such as Beaufort, Jacksonville, Wilmington and the Brunswick Islands.
Show more trip ideas
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on the Outer Banks is America's tallest lighthouse
Try surf fishing on more than 300 miles of barrier island coastline in North Carolina
The Linn Cove Viaduct, Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 304.4, is an engineering marvel
A herd of more than 100 wild horses roams Shackleford Banks on the Crystal Coast
Wrightsville Beach near Wilmington is a popular stop along the Intracoastal Waterway. See more »
Carowinds theme park in Charlotte offers more than 50 rides, from roller coasters to water slides. See more »
Bar-B-Q Center in Lexington, one of 23 spots on the Historic Barbecue Trail
Leave your cars behind (you have to) when you visit Bald Head Island. See more »
North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park offers panoramic views as far as 75 miles. See more »
Enjoy a variety of waterfalls and hiking trails in Pisgah National Forest
Pinehurst Resort hosted the men's and women's U.S. Open Championships in 2014
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.
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.
Wilmington, or "Hollywood East," has hosted 400-plus movie and TV productions, including Iron Man 3, Revolution, One Tree Hill and Dawson's Creek.
From above the clouds to below the surface, take a journey through the many layers of North Carolina beauty.
Searching for more things to see and do on your next visit to North Carolina? See all of our videos »
Filter things to do by category, region or keyword.
Showing 1 through 10 of 4729 items
Soar through the forest along Richland Creek and Mendenhall Waterfalls with 14 zip lines, three sky bridges, and one…
TripAdvisor Traveler RatingBased on 54 reviews
View on map
Region: Greensboro & Winston-Salem
Coastal Explorations is an outdoor touring company dedicated to providing adventure, education and entertainment fueled…
TripAdvisor Traveler RatingBased on 41 reviews
Regions: Coast, Outer Banks & Currituck
Open Saturday & Sunday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM. 14 years with over 250 permanent dealers inside & out.
Regions: Mountains, Asheville & the Foothills
A scenic outdoor amphitheatre, overlooking the Cape Fear River. Also home to the Riverside Sports Center with bait,…
Regions: Piedmont, Pinehurst & Sandhills
Fine art gallery. Advising individuals, corporations and museums on fine art acquisitions since 1983.
Regions: Piedmont, Charlotte Region
The church was rebuilt in 1832 after Fayetteville’s Great Fire of 1831. The structure’s most significant features are a…
Regions: Mountains, Smoky Mountains & Cherokee
Largest Pandora Jewelry inventory east of Charlotte. Also have other jewelry and art for sale.
Nestled on the trailing edge of the Uwharrie Mountains, the course was constructed to maintain the integrity of the…
Restored 1919 Herchell-Spillman carousel with hand-carved wooden animals and menagerie figures plus inside row…
Share this page:
See something wrong?
Tell us about it.
Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill
Valid: Apr 1 - Mar 31
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
Valid: May 1 - Sep 30
High Hampton Inn
Valid: Apr 24 - Jun 6
Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
Valid: Mar 19 - May 20
Celebrate a vacation full of original beach fun in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. Carolina Beach is full of family-friendly things to see and do,…
When you think of extraordinary golf, the Pinehurst area, also known as the “Home of American Golf”, often immediately comes to mind. Full of…
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
Featured Travel Partner
Request your Travel Guide
Download or order FREE guides and maps
Subscribe to our E-Newsletters
Get the latest news, events and travel deals
Join us for travel tidbits, giveaways and more
Explore unique spots across North Carolina