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Get to know exotic species at the North Carolina Zoo, four coastal aquariums, wildlife refuges and other animal attractions.
North Carolina is a camper's paradise, whether you're looking to set up camp in the mountains, on the coast or in a state park near one of our urban cities.
Choose a top-rated golf course on the North Carolina coast, where mild temperatures allow pleasant tee times year-round.
Explore the beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Land of Waterfalls, Cherokee and the nation’s first fly fishing trail.
Visit Cape Hatteras, stand where the Wright brothers took flight and watch wild horses run free along the shores of our northern coast.
This urban area boasts arts, shopping, gardens, award-winning restaurants and craft breweries, 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.
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.
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.
There are countless natural wonders in North Carolina, and you have to look no further than the beauty of our state and national parks, from spring to fall.
North Carolina has more breweries and brewpubs than any other Southern state, which means you're never far from imaginative, tasty local beer.
Whether featuring views of a city skyline, mountains or beach, these hotel rooms with luxurious tubs are all the reason you need to plan a trip.
For a soothing and relaxing getaway, book your stay at one of these top-ranked hotels and resorts with luxury spas in North Carolina.
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.
From Charlotte to Durham, Weaverville to Wilmington, you’ll find expert-led cooking classes that make for a tasty afternoon or creative date night.
Plan a trip to explore our wine trails, enjoy seasonal wine festivals, and sample European-style and sweet wines at more than 100 wineries.
Though long ago lighthouses protected adventurers from our treacherous coastline, today they offer some of the most incredible views you’ll see.
Create lifelong memories by visiting these North Carolina attractions, from a swinging bridge to a former battleship to one of the world's largest zoos.
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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.
North Carolina is home to iconic college teams, pro basketball, football, hockey and racing, and sports museums and halls of fame you can visit year-round.
Go boating along the Intracoastal Waterway to visit coastal spots such as Beaufort, Jacksonville, Wilmington and the Brunswick Islands.
Planning a trip the whole family loves can be a challenge – except here. Enjoy the beaches and waterfront attractions in Wilmington and the Brunswick Islands.
Stay at a boutique hotel, dine at top restaurants or take a food tour. Plus, explore a museum park and state park during your visit to the neighboring cities.
Plan a brewery vacation with this three-day tasting tour of local breweries and craft beer spots in Asheville, Charlotte and the Triangle.
Plan a golf getaway to the North Carolina mountains, where five courses designed by Donald Ross dot the landscape around Asheville and Linville.
“Three Billboards” is one of the most talked about movies in the country. Fans are invited to experience the North Carolina towns where it was filmed.
It's easy to enjoy the real-life settings that inspire his bestselling novels, from charming coastal towns to quiet beaches and tidal rivers.
Escape to Winston-Salem for a few days with the busy women in your life, treating yourselves to great wine, amazing meals and a little pampering.
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The Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain is America’s highest suspension footbridge. See more »
Bar-B-Q Center in Lexington, one of 23 spots on the Historic Barbecue Trail
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 »
Cherokee Indian Reservation in the Great Smoky Mountains
For more than 400 years, wild horses have roamed beaches of the Outer Banks and Crystal Coast. See more »
Enjoy a variety of waterfalls and hiking trails in Pisgah National Forest
The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro is home to more than 1,600 animals
Pinehurst Resort hosted the men's and women's U.S. Open Championships in 2014
The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte
Barker House in Edenton, home of the organizer of the 1774 Edenton Tea Party
The Linn Cove Viaduct, Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 304.4, is an engineering marvel
From above the clouds to below the surface, take a journey through the many layers of North Carolina beauty.
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.
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.
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