Search entire site
Highlights you might like:
Drive roads that double as destinations from the Cherohala Skyway to the Outer Banks Byway.
With roots in moonshine, several distillers continue the tradition of making white whiskey, as well as vodka, gin and rum.
North Carolina offers 400-plus golf courses across the state with temperatures that allow play year-round.
The Triad cities and their neighboring towns are rich in history and culture.
This area is an outdoor playground year-round, including some of the best camping, hiking, biking and fishing around.
The greater Topsail area is one of three quieter beach destinations on the southeast coast of North Carolina.
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.
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.
These rugged mountains are home to nearly 1,000 miles of hiking trails, countless animal species, scenic tours, historic sites and waterfalls.
With mountain peaks, rolling hills and an abundance of waterfalls, North Carolina is a natural choice for zip lines day, night and year-round.
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 has more breweries and brewpubs than any other Southern state, which means you're never far from imaginative, tasty local beer.
Even when they’re 50, your kids will remember the great places to make memories for a lifetime waiting all across our state.
Though long ago lighthouses protected adventurers from our treacherous coastline, today they offer some of the most incredible views you’ll see.
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.
Celebrate our “First in Flight” heritage at the Wright Brothers National Memorial and the home of the “Miracle on the Hudson” Airbus A-320.
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.
Show more stories
The Outer Banks and Crystal Coast attract visitors to enjoy historic lighthouses, maritime history, charming fishing villages and sunny shores.
Plan a brewery vacation with this three-day tasting tour of local breweries and craft beer spots in Asheville, Charlotte and the Triangle.
It's easy to enjoy the real-life settings that inspire his bestselling novels, from charming coastal towns to quiet beaches and tidal rivers.
Go boating along the Intracoastal Waterway to visit coastal spots such as Beaufort, Jacksonville, Wilmington and the Brunswick Islands.
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.
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.
Take an arts tour that includes Ben Long's famous frescoes, Appalachian arts and culture, outdoor drama, North Carolina wine country and more.
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.
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 Panem starts in North Carolina, where the first movie based on the bestselling book trilogy was filmed.
Taste your way through the Triangle at local markets, award-winning restaurants, barbecue joints and down-home dining spots.
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.
From an early declaration of independence to modern-day Special Forces, North Carolina is overflowing with history near Interstates 95 and 40.
Show more trip ideas
Take a tour of the most decorated battleship of World War II in Wilmington
Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery attracts visitors with its Tuscan-style tasting room, tours and events. See more »
Bar-B-Q Center in Lexington, one of 23 spots on the Historic Barbecue Trail
The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte
The Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain is a popular spot for families of all ages. See more »
Try surf fishing on more than 300 miles of barrier island coastline in North Carolina
The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro is home to more than 1,600 animals
Cherokee Indian Reservation in the Great Smoky Mountains
North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh
Wrightsville Beach near Wilmington is a popular stop along the Intracoastal Waterway. See more »
Stop by Carolina Brewery & Grill in Pittsboro to sample award-winning hand-crafted beers, all brewed in-house . See more »
Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham
Wilmington, or "Hollywood East," has hosted 400-plus movie and TV productions, including Iron Man 3, Revolution, One Tree Hill and Dawson's Creek.
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.
From above the clouds to below the surface, take a journey through the many layers of North Carolina beauty.
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.
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 4723 items
City park with baseball field, swimming pool, playground, basketball court and pavilion. Open to the public and…
View on map
Regions: Mountains, Asheville & the Foothills
The only Harley-Davidson drag racing museum in the world, located on the second floor of one of the largest Harley…
Regions: Piedmont, Raleigh, Durham & the Triangle
Sales, rentals & service for skiing & snowboarding; skiwear and accessories; white water rafting; caving
Regions: Mountains, High Country
An angler’s paradise, this park is the home of Lake Phelps, a 16,600-acre natural lake, a virgin forest and…
TripAdvisor Traveler RatingBased on 13 reviews
Regions: Coast, Albemarle & Pamlico Sounds
Try the Zipline course -- ride our 10 different cables taking you through the trees, over creeks and even over snow…
TripAdvisor Traveler RatingBased on 250 reviews
Region: High Country
The Brown Mountain off-highway vehicle (OHV) area offers visitors the only area in Pisgah that is open to OHVs,…
A frothing Class IV/IV+ whitewater adventure; Cheoah is one of the crown jewels of the whitewater world; this 9-mile…
Regions: Mountains, Smoky Mountains & Cherokee
Named one of the Top 25 Tasting Rooms in America by Wine Enthusiast magazine (May 2008). The winery is open daily for…
TripAdvisor Traveler RatingBased on 195 reviews
Regions: Piedmont, Greensboro & Winston-Salem
Winding streams and wooden bridges weave through this Willard Byrd-designed championship course. Golf Digest rating of…
Regions: Piedmont, Pinehurst & Sandhills
Exciting corn maze again this year! Fridays, 6pm - 10pm; Saturdays, 1pm - 10pm; Sundays 1pm - 6pm. Picnic area,…
Share this page:
See something wrong?
Tell us about it.
Pinewild Country Club of Pinehurst
Valid: Mar 1 - May 31
Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
Valid: Mar 19 - May 20
Deercroft Golf Club
Valid: Mar 1 - May 15
Blue Ridge Vacation Cabins, Inc.
Valid: Mar 20 - May 5
Known for its spacious beach and crystal clear waters, Wrightsville Beach is full of outdoor activities perfect for spring. Wrightsville Beach was…
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