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Choose from more than 400 golf courses across North Carolina, but during the summer heat you may want to tee off in the cool air of our mountains.
From an early declaration of independence to modern-day Special Forces, North Carolina is overflowing with military history.
Our 300 miles of pristine beaches offer coastal towns, outdoor adventure, serene settings and fun for the whole family.
Travel to the Asheville area and you’ll find local charm and natural attractions, dozens of breweries, historic towns and festivals.
Explore America’s Coolest Small Town, Cape Lookout National Seashore and relics from Blackbeard’s infamous ship.
This urban area boasts arts, shopping, botanical gardens, award-winning restaurants, the U.S. National Whitewater Center and the home of NASCAR.
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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.
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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.
Though long ago lighthouses protected adventurers from our treacherous coastline, today they offer some of the most incredible views you’ll see.
North Carolina has more breweries and brewpubs than any other Southern state, which means you're never far from imaginative, tasty local beer.
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.
Celebrate our “First in Flight” heritage at the Wright Brothers National Memorial and the home of the “Miracle on the Hudson” Airbus A-320.
Even when they’re 50, your kids will remember visiting these great places, from a swinging bridge in the mountains to a retired battleship on the coast.
Plan a trip to explore our wine trails, enjoy seasonal wine festivals, and sample European-style and sweet wines at more than 100 wineries.
If it feels like summer is passing you by, stop what you’re doing and make plans to Reclaim Your Weekend with fun and adventures in North Carolina.
Before summer comes to an end, make plans to attend one of these popular festivals and signature events in September.
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 a wide range of world-class hotels and spas offering a variety of soothing settings, treatments and value-packed packages.
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.
These rugged mountains are home to nearly 1,000 miles of hiking trails, countless animal species, scenic tours, historic sites and waterfalls.
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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.
Taste your way through the Triangle at local markets, award-winning restaurants, barbecue joints and down-home dining spots.
Take an arts tour that includes Ben Long's famous frescoes, Appalachian arts and culture, outdoor drama, North Carolina wine country and more.
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 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.
The road to Panem starts in North Carolina, where the first movie based on the bestselling book trilogy was filmed.
Plan a brewery vacation with this three-day tasting tour of local breweries and craft beer spots in Asheville, Charlotte and the Triangle.
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 region offers 75-mile views from atop Chimney Rock, Cherokee history and great shopping for mountain crafts in Asheville and Dillsboro.
Go boating along the Intracoastal Waterway to visit coastal spots such as Beaufort, Jacksonville, Wilmington and the Brunswick Islands.
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Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham
Cherokee Indian Reservation in the Great Smoky Mountains
Pinehurst Resort hosted the men's and women's U.S. Open Championships in 2014
The Linn Cove Viaduct, Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 304.4, is an engineering marvel
North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh
The Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain is a popular spot for families of all ages. See more »
The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte
Step back in time for family fun at Tweetsie Railroad, a Wild West theme park in Blowing Rock. See more »
High Point Showplace, the hub of the High Point Market
A herd of more than 100 wild horses roams Shackleford Banks on the Crystal Coast
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park offers panoramic views as far as 75 miles. See more »
Stop by Carolina Brewery & Grill in Pittsboro to sample award-winning hand-crafted beers. See more »
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.
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.
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The space serves as both a retail store for the quality goods produced by RUNAWAY, and a gallery for likeminded artists…
Region: Raleigh, Durham & the Triangle
Located at Northgate Presbyterian Church, the Wings Community Art Center features exhibits, classes, and seminars by…
Regions: Piedmont, Raleigh, Durham & the Triangle
Home of the North Carolina General Assembly, the building is unique because it is devoted solely to the legislative…
In our retail shop, you will find many useful horticultural-related items and complimentary garden gifts. With our…
Regions: Piedmont, Charlotte Region
Originally part of the Piedmont School established about 1896. Collections include a ca. 1950 advertising curtain from…
Working pottery studio featuring the work of master potters Travis Berning and Joe Frank McKee. Watch potters at work…
Regions: Mountains, Smoky Mountains & Cherokee
Rent skiffs and luxury power boats in Wrightsville Beach. Drive them yourself or let friendly captains tour you around.
Region: Wilmington Area
Located in the prestigious golf community of Kilmarlic less than 10 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, we are an active…
Region: Outer Banks & Currituck
Games & puzzles for all ages. Greeting cards & gifts. “Life is Good” merchandise. Coffee Shop - fresh ground coffee and…
Region: Greensboro & Winston-Salem
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