On the East Coast of the USA is where North Carolina is located. This state really shines! From the mountains to the sea North Carolina has something for everyone. We know your travel time is precious, so we’ve narrowed it down to the 10 best things to see during your time in the tar heel state.
With 322 miles of ocean shoreline there are many beaches to unwind on, from Atlantic Beach to Surf City. Plus, with much of the coastline being protected, these are great beaches to see many kinds of wildlife. The North Carolina coast is also home to seven historic lighthouses all of which are worth a visit. All you need is a bathing suit and towel.
With a population of over 750,000, Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina. It is a booming area with lots of neat eats, bars, and museums to tour. The city is also home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the U.S Nation Whitewater Center. There is something to entertain everyone.
3. Wright Brothers National Memorial
Do you love flight? Well, North Carolina is where it was born! In Kill Devil Hills, NC located on the coast you can see the memorial of the first successful sustained flight. Walk the path this craft took and check out the museum. The memorial seems to touch the sky and when you get to the very top you can see the ocean.
4. Blue Ridge Parkway
In the mountains of North Carolina you can drive the scenic byway or get out and hike the wondrous Blue Ridge Parkway. See mountains, waterfalls, and multitudes of wildlife. With more than 100 varied trails, there is something for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.
5. Grandfather Mountain
Want to touch the sky? Well then we recommend a visit to Grandfather Mountain. Located an astonishing elevation of 5,945 feet it is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Walk trails, enjoy the nature center, or take in the sights on the mile-high swinging bridge. The sights will take your breath away all seasons of the year.
6. Tryon Palace
In New Bern, NC take a stroll back in time to see royal hospitality at its finest. The original capital of North Carolina is preserved today as a historical museum for visitors to enjoy. Stroll the gardens, see the quarters and the blacksmith shop, and learn about life in another time.
Visit the states’ capital and see all its very best! As the second largest city in the state, there is something for everyone. This is the proud home of the Research Triangle Park, PNC Arena, and so much more.The culture is so fun! You can find people from all walks of life here. With tons of museums, restaurants, breweries, city parks, and some of the nation’s best universities Raleigh, NC will NOT disappoint.
8. Hanging Rock
Located in Danbury, NC this 7,869-acre park is a playground for outdoor adventurers. It has 20 miles of hiking trails, scenic outlooks, waterfalls, and so much more. Whether you only have a day or an entire weekend you will not run out of exciting things to explore.
In the very west of the state lies a small town. Don’t let the size fool you there are gems to be found; literally you can gem mine here! Cherokee, NC has a rich Native American history and you will feel connected to the people and the culture of this area. There are many outdoor activities to enjoy accompanied by cultural exhibits.
10. Pepsi Museum
In New Bern, NC you can tour the quaint corner store where Pepsi was born. Did you know the founder started it in a pharmacy back in 1898? Along with the museum tour you can purchase soda pop; let me tell you you’ve never tasted Pepsi until you have had a glass here.
North Carolina is an adventurer’s playground. From the mountains to the sea and everywhere in between a visit to North Carolina will be something that stays with you a lifetime. What are some of your best North Carolina adventures?