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Visit Biltmore in Asheville, Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, and more than 35 state and national historic sites.
Take a screaming thrill ride on a roller coaster or zip line, saddle up for a Wild West adventure, or make a splash at a water park.
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.
This area is an outdoor playground, including some of the best camping, hiking, biking and fishing around.
This tranquil beach destination located on our southeastern coast is a haven for visitors looking to unwind.
Pamper yourself at AAA 5 Diamond Hotels, explore art, history and science museums, and dine in one of the country's hottest food cities.
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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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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.
With mountain peaks, rolling hills and an abundance of waterfalls, North Carolina is a natural choice for zip lines day, night and year-round.
Even when they’re 50, your kids will remember visiting these great places, from a swinging bridge in the mountains to a former battleship on the coast.
North Carolina is one of 12 states where you can see the 2017 total solar eclipse. Here's what you need to know, from destination options to safety tips.
Celebrate our “First in Flight” heritage at the Wright Brothers National Memorial and the home of the “Miracle on the Hudson” Airbus A-320.
For a soothing and relaxing getaway, book your stay at one of these top-ranked hotels and resorts with luxury spas in North Carolina.
Though long ago lighthouses protected adventurers from our treacherous coastline, today they offer some of the most incredible views you’ll see.
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 you can’t make it to see the total solar eclipse in August, here are 10 other dark and glowing adventures that are sure to marvel you this summer.
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.
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, long the world’s premier bastion of barbecue, celebrates its heritage and diversity with a map of some of the state’s perfect pits.
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.
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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.
The Outer Banks and Crystal Coast attract visitors to enjoy historic lighthouses, maritime history, charming fishing villages and sunny shores.
Go boating along the Intracoastal Waterway to visit coastal spots such as Beaufort, Jacksonville, Wilmington and the Brunswick Islands.
This region offers 75-mile views from atop Chimney Rock, Cherokee history and great shopping for mountain crafts in Asheville and Dillsboro.
Plan a brewery vacation with this three-day tasting tour of local breweries and craft beer spots in Asheville, Charlotte and the Triangle.
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.
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.
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.
Taste your way through the Triangle at local markets, award-winning restaurants, barbecue joints and down-home dining spots.
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.
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Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham
Many of North Carolina’s winter sports resorts feature snow-tubing runs for family fun. See more »
Pinehurst Resort hosted the men's and women's U.S. Open Championships in 2014
North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh
Carowinds theme park in Charlotte offers more than 50 rides, from roller coasters to water slides. See more »
High Point Showplace, the hub of the High Point Market
Enjoy a variety of waterfalls and hiking trails in Pisgah National Forest
Try surf fishing on more than 300 miles of barrier island coastline in North Carolina
Step back in time for family fun at Tweetsie Railroad, a Wild West theme park in Blowing Rock. See more »
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
Cherokee Indian Reservation in the Great Smoky Mountains
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.
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.
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