13 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in North Carolina | PlanetWare (2023)

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With museums, outdoor activities, and theme parks all on offer, you'll find plenty of things to do in North Carolina no matter the season. Mountains in the High Country provide opportunities for hiking, biking, and swimming in waterfalls during the warm months. Fall brings about an amazing display of fall colors and apples ripening in orchards. In the winter, the mountains come alive with the hoots and hollers of downhill skiers and boarders having a good time at North Carolina's ski resorts.

Beaches and coastal attractions tempt for relaxing weekends throughout the year but especially in the summer. And the entire state has a history all its own, from the famous flying Wright Brothers to the expansive Biltmore Estate and the WWII-era Battleship North Carolina.

Discover the best places to visit in this diverse state with our list of the top attractions in North Carolina.

1. Blue Ridge Parkway

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Nicknamed "America's favorite drive," the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway was designed by landscape architect Stanley Abbott whose vision was to create a road that was far more than just a way to get from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, with its scenic hiking trails.

Popular with motorcyclists and bicyclists for its endless scenery, the drive itself has incredible views of the Blue Ridge mountains and the surrounding landscapes. Along the way are hundreds of miles of hiking trails that branch off from the numerous pull-offs, some leading to spectacular waterfalls. Pack a picnic lunch and stop at one of the many beautiful areas with tables ideally positioned to soak up the view. Love camping? Numerous campgrounds in spectacular settings are available along the way.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than just great scenery – it is also home to several visitor centers and museums. In the summer and autumn, Mabry Mill (Milepost 176) has demonstrations that include grinding corn in the original mill, cutting boards in the sawmill, and the art of blacksmithing. Mabry Mill is closed in the winter. The Folk Art Center (Milepost 382) is open year-round and includes a gallery of folk art as well as demonstrations by local craftspeople, and the Museum of North Carolina Minerals (Milepost 331) has detailed exhibits that look at the region's mineral resources and mining industry.

Wonderful small mountain towns are located near or on the Blue Ridge Parkway and are attractions themselves. They make excellent spots to stop for a bite to eat or to stay a night.

Plan your trip carefully. You'll find the parkway most crowded in October during fall colors, while summer visitors enjoy a more peaceful time as they enjoy the colors of flaming azaleas and rhododendrons. Between the months of November and March, be sure to check for weather-related road closures prior to setting out.

Location: Western North Carolina from Low Gap to Cherokee, North Carolina

Official site: https://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm

2. The Biltmore Estate in Asheville

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One of North Carolina's must-see attractions is the Biltmore Estate, one of the top attractions in Asheville. At the center of an 8,000-acre compound, the Vanderbilt Mansion is the largest private home in the United States. The mansion has 250 rooms with impressive artwork, antiques, and architecture, as well as collections of vintage clothing and accessories.

The estate's gardens are expansive, including the Italian Garden, with its ornate pools and sculpture, and the Rose Garden, which features more than 250 varieties. The grounds also include the first managed forest in the country, a deer park, and miles of level paths and walking trails throughout. There are many dining options throughout the estate and shopping and entertainment in Antler Hill Village.

After you've toured the Biltmore Estate head to downtown Asheville. Over the past number of years, this small city has completely revitalized its downtown core and brought its historical buildings back to life. Take a wander around, and you'll find funky restaurants, eclectic shops, and a large number of restaurants, some with sunny patios.

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Address: 1 Lodge Street, Asheville, North Carolina

Official site: http://www.biltmore.com/


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3. Beaches of the Outer Banks

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This 200-mile stretch of barrier islands is known for its fantastic beaches. Long stretches of soft sand line the coast for miles, attracting large numbers of visitors in the summer months. Families in particular flock to the Outer Banks.

Beach towns like Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, and Avon are just a few of the favorite destinations. Some towns, like Nags Head offer a better selection of hotels and resorts than others, but many people choose to rent a cottage or beach house for their beach vacation.

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The area also is full of things to do off the beach. You can tour lighthouses, enjoy camping, or even see a museum or two. Learn about the region at the Outer Banks History Center and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Take a day and enjoy a drive on the Outer Banks Scenic Byway.

Visitors to Roanoke Island can learn about the lost colony, visit a living history museum about farm life, and learn about the island's importance in the Underground Railroad Network. Other sightseeing attractions in the area include Elizabethan gardens at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and the Frisco Native American Museum.

Official site: http://www.outerbanks.org/

Accommodation: Where to Stay near the Outer Banks

4. Waterfalls in North Carolina

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North Carolina's mountains are full of amazing waterfalls, and many of them are easily accessible by a short walk or hike. Some of these can be combined with a visit to small mountain towns and other sights. If you want to spend some time exploring waterfalls and hiking, a couple of good options for basing yourself for a few nights are Asheville or Hendersonville.

Known as the "Grand Canyon of the East," Linville Gorge is the deepest and one of the most scenic gorges in the eastern United States. Located in the Pisgah National Forest, the Linville River enters the gorge at Linville Falls and drops 90 feet, continuing for 12 miles within the steep rock walls.

Trails to the falls are accessed at Milepost 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. A total of four overlooks can be reached on an easily-traversed 1.6-mile round-trip hike. While visiting the Linville Falls Visitor Center, it is worth the short hike (.3 of a mile) to the small but beautiful Duggers Creek Falls. Other nearby spots include Crabtree Falls and incredible views from Table Rock Mountain and Hawksbill Mountain.

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Among other must-see waterfalls in North Carolina are the massive 811-foot-high Whitewater Falls near Cashiers; High Falls in Dupont State Park near Hendersonville; and a waterfall you can actually walk behind called Dry Falls, located near the quaint mountain town of Highlands. All of these are close enough to each other to be visited in a single day if you are up for the adventure.

5. Downhill Skiing

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North Carolina's five ski resorts draw alpine enthusiasts from far and wide to their impressive slopes. Spread out over the mountain regions, each resort has its own vibe. The biggest ski resorts are Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain, both located near the funky town of Banner Elk. These resorts top out at over 5,000 feet and catch any storms headed towards North Carolina.

Close to the delightful mountain town of Blowing Rock is Appalachian Ski Mountain, known locally as just App. The resort is known for its three terrain parks, which are second to none in the state.

Over in the Smoky Mountain near Maggie Valley is Cataloochee Ski Area. Perhaps the most old-school of all the resorts in North Carolina, this unpretentious place has a good assortment of runs and a very laid-back atmosphere.

Forty minutes from Asheville is Wolf Ridge Ski Resort. This small resort has one of the most impressive day lodges complete with three huge fireplaces. Wolf Ridge's gentle slopes are ideal for families and for those just starting out on skis.

6. Battleship North Carolina

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Located in Wilmington, the USS North Carolina was the first of 10 battleships to join the American fleet in WWII having been commissioned on April 9, 1941. The vessel is well armed: there are nine 16-inch, 45-caliber guns in three turrets, and 20 five-inch, 38-caliber guns in ten twin mounts.

She was once the world's greatest sea weapon, and today her guns are quiet. To get an appreciation of the sheer power of this ship, wander the expansive deck to see the intimidating guns up close. Other areas of the ship are also open – be sure to visit the mess hall and tour the sailors' and officers' quarters.

Address: 1 Battleship Road NE, Wilmington, North Carolina

Official site: http://www.battleshipnc.com/

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Wilmington

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7. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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Dedicated to the natural history of North Carolina, this is the oldest museum in the state. The museum has two buildings: the Nature Exploration Center and the Nature Research Center, both of which are filled with exhibits, interactive learning opportunities, and educational presentations.

Permanent exhibits at the Nature Exploration Center include topics from the coastal regions of North Carolina to an exhibit that explores the history of gemstones in the state. You can also find sections that explore the habitats of the tropics and rainforest, where you can hang out with the resident two-toed sloth. This is also where you will find the "Terror of the South," nicknamed Acro, the only genuine Acrocanthosaurus skeleton on display in the world, which is the centerpiece of the Prehistoric North Carolina exhibit.

Next door, the Nature Research Center focuses on the science and exploration that are crucial to learning about the natural world. Exhibits here cover everything from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to the exploration of deep space and include the study of things as small as DNA to the massive science of weather patterns.

Address: 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

Official site: http://naturalsciences.org/

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8. North Carolina Aquarium

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The North Carolina Aquarium has four coastal locations at Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Fisher, and Jennette's Pier. While Jennette's Pier is not an actual aquarium, it does offer views of marine animals like humpback whales in their natural habitat. (Check with the aquarium to find out what marine life might be passing through during your trip.)

The Roanoke Island location, situated close to Jennette's Pier, features the largest collection of sharks in the state. At Pine Knoll Shores, visitors learn about the state's varied marine life, while Fort Fisher introduces the freshwater streams, swamps, and open ocean of Cape Fear.

Official site: http://www.ncaquariums.com/

9. North Carolina Zoo

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Enjoy the five miles of shaded pathways, where you can see more than 1,600 animals and 52,000 plants at North Carolina Zoo. Located in Asheboro, the animals represent species from Africa (elephants, rhinos, ostriches, lions, chimps, zebras, and giraffes) and North America (cougars, alligators, bobcats, red wolves, bison, elk, roadrunners, and grizzly and black bears). Exhibits are designed to resemble the natural habitat.

Feeding times are some of the most exciting moments in the zoo. Each day, the times are posted online, so plan your visit to make sure you see at least a few. In addition to the wildlife, the zoo also features an array of hiking trails through the surrounding forests. Dogs on leash are allowed.

If the kids are running out of energy and need a fun boost, take them for a ride on the Endangered Species Carousel. Or, if they have too much energy, swing by the 5,625-square-foot Garden Friends Playground or take to the skies on the Air Hike Ropes Course.

Address: 4401 Zoo Pkwy, Asheboro, North Carolina

Official site: http://www.nczoo.org/

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Asheboro

10. Cape Hatteras

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore was the country's first coastal preservation area and includes the important barrier islands along North Carolina's coast in the Outer Banks region. Visitors to the area come for the beaches, but also for the unique wildlife and rich history. Bird-watchers can get a peek at the threatened piping plovers that nest on the beach, as well as the American Oystercatcher, gull-billed tern, and black skimmer.

The beaches here are also the nesting ground of several types of sea turtles, including the endangered loggerhead sea turtle, and in the winter months, you may see seals resting on the beach. Another favorite activity is climbing historic lighthouses, like the 1872 Bodie Island Light Station, which is on its third incarnation after the first became unstable and the second was destroyed in the Civil War.

The Cape Hatteras Light Station was first built in 1803 and rebuilt in 1870, serving as a crucial beacon on one of the most dangerous stretches of the Atlantic coast where the Gulf Stream meets the Virginia Drift, the site of hundreds of shipwrecks. Although it is not open to the public, the Ocracoke Light has been in operation since 1823 on the island that is also known for its unique breed of Ocracoke Ponies.

Location: Manteo, North Carolina

11. Chimney Rock State Park

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Twenty-five miles southeast of Asheville, a 315-foot granite spire rises to an elevation of more than 2,280 foot in Chimney Rock State Park. Don't worry about the stress and strain of getting to the top – there is a 26-story elevator built inside the mountain, making the trip to the top an easy excursion for tourists. Also within the park, the Hickory Nut Falls Trail is a moderate, mostly-level trail to the base of the 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls. This impressive waterfall tumbles off a flat ledge down a sheer red-rock face vanishing into the trees below.

Address: 431 Main Street, Chimney Rock, North Carolina

Official site: http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/

Accommodation: Where to Stay near Chimney Rock State Park

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12. Grandfather Mountain

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Hiking at Grandfather Mountain in Linville ranges from leisurely trails with picturesque views to challenging treks that could include ladders and reward with expansive, mountainous panoramas. Visitors can also learn about local flora, or catch a glimpse of wildlife. Plan a walk across the park's well-known Mile High Swinging Bridge, a highlight that has been in place since 1952 and offers 360-degree views.

Grandfather Mountain is also within easy driving distance of the small towns of Banner Elk and Blowing Rock. Stop in at either one and grab a bite to eat for lunch or dinner on a sunny patio.

Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Hwy, Linville North Carolina

Official site: http://www.grandfather.com/

Accommodation: Where to Stay near Grandfather Mountain

13. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

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The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, located at the University of North Carolina in the heart of Chapel Hill, has been a stop for more than 10 million guests since first opening in 1949. In 2020 the historic institution completed a $9 million renovation that transformed its public spaces into an interactive museum experience for all ages. Morehead presents a variety of planetarium shows covering fun and educational topics like black holes, the human brain, astronauts, and more.

Permanent exhibits in the science center explore the planetarium's proud history as a training center for astronauts–from 1959 through 1975, more than 60 astronauts learned about celestial navigation here, including the majority of those who walked on the moon. Other exhibits present cutting-edge research by UNC scientists including Wearable Robotics, an exhibit that explores biomedical engineering through prosthetics, and Natural Navigators, which illustrates how sea turtles use their unique magnetic ability to find their way back home.

Address: 250 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Official site: http://moreheadplanetarium.org/

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Chapel Hill

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What is the number 1 attraction in North Carolina? ›

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the top attraction in North Carolina and a must-visit place during your trip. With over 12 million visitors every year, it's the most visited national park in the US. It's located near several major cities, so it's easily accessible.

What city in North Carolina has the most attractions? ›

Asheville. Asheville is easily one of the best vacation spots in North Carolina! This town in N.C. has a plethora of sites, trails, and attractions to keep every type of traveler happy during their stay.

Where should I go on vacation in North Carolina? ›

  • Paris. It's a prime destination for travelers from around the world. ...
  • New York City. New York City is the full of culture and diversity. ...
  • Hawaii. The Big Island of Hawaii is always a popular destination for travelers. ...
  • Rome. ...
  • Cancun, Mexico. ...
  • Orlando. ...
  • London. ...
  • Miami.

What is the most quaint town in North Carolina? ›

Beaufort. Titled “America's Coolest Small Town”, Beaufort was established in 1713 and is the fourth oldest town in North Carolina. To take in some history, head to the two-acre Beaufort Historic Site spot on Turner Street that features six authentically restored buildings.

Which is better to visit NC or SC? ›

Of the two states, NC is actually bigger than SC, but SC is closer to the equator, giving it a warmer climate. With its warmer weather, South Carolina has a better year-round beach scene. White sand beaches are plentiful in both states, but SC has more communities near the coast.

What is the coolest city in North Carolina? ›

Asheville. This list wouldn't be complete without mentioning Asheville, the most popular “cool” city in North Carolina. Asheville is known for its outdoor recreation, craft beer scene, and overall artsy vibe.

What is the number one city in North Carolina? ›

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Is there anything cool in North Carolina? ›

Top Attractions in North Carolina
  • Biltmore. 27,359. ...
  • Blue Ridge Parkway. 6,975. ...
  • Battleship North Carolina. 3,564. ...
  • Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Goat Farm. 1,602. ...
  • The North Carolina Arboretum. 2,747. ...
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial. 4,355. ...
  • Sarah P. Duke Gardens. ...
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. 2,316.

What is the best time to go to North Carolina? ›

The best time to visit North Carolina is between early April to mid-June and from early September to early November. North Carolina records four distinct seasons and its spring season runs from March to May. This season receives high humidity and temperatures that can reach anywhere between 55F to 82CF.

Is there anything interesting in North Carolina? ›

One simply cannot discuss a trip to North Carolina without adding the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to their list of what to do! It's the National Park system's most biodiverse park and is a crucial historical preservation of the culture of the southern Appalachian people.

What is the number 1 vacation spot? ›

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1. South Island, New Zealand1. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
2. Paris2. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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What is the number 1 vacation spot in the world? ›

1. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia. What is this? The Great Barrier Reef is one of the undisputed best vacation spots for anyone who wants the opportunity to glimpse one of the most incredible marvels of nature.

What is the cheapest beach to visit in North Carolina? ›

Cape Hatteras, NC beach ranks among most affordable in US | Raleigh News & Observer.

Where do the wealthy live in North Carolina? ›

Cary came in first place just above Centennial, Colorado, and Frisco, Texas, according to HomeSnacks, which is a website that combines and analyzes data from multiple sources to document the best and worst places to live in the United States.

What is the safest small town in North Carolina? ›

Safest Cities in North Carolina.
  • Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. ...
  • Apex, North Carolina. ...
  • Holly Springs, North Carolina. ...
  • Cary, North Carolina. ...
  • Concord, North Carolina. ...
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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What is the clearest beach in North Carolina? ›

Set amongst North Carolina's exquisite Crystal Coast, Emerald Isle contains some of the state's clearest waters and whitest sand making for some seriously stunning sunsets. It's also near the famed “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” one of the country's largest wreck-diving sites.

What is the safest area in North Carolina? ›

The 10 Safest Cities in North Carolina: A Quick Look
  • Holly Springs, NC.
  • Davidson, NC.
  • Cary, NC.
  • Apex, NC.
  • Boone, NC.
  • Wake Forest, NC.
  • Huntersville, NC.
  • Southern Pines, NC.
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Is it cheaper in NC or SC? ›

People in North Carolina pay a bit more than those in South Carolina when it comes to the overall cost of living, groceries, transportation, housing, and health care. However, South Carolinians pay a bit more for utilities. Keep in mind though that the difference in cost of living isn't extreme.

What part of North Carolina is the cheapest? ›

The Tar Heel State is also affordable if you know where the cheapest places to live in North Carolina are.
  1. Greenville. Population: 88,728. ...
  2. Winston-Salem. Population: 250,320. ...
  3. Fayetteville. Population: 208,778. ...
  4. Kannapolis. ...
  5. Greensboro. ...
  6. Concord. ...
  7. Wilmington. ...
  8. Wake Forest.
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Where should I vacation in North or South Carolina? ›

Best Places to Visit in the Carolinas
  • Charleston, SC.
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Asheville, NC.
  • Outer Banks.
  • Hilton Head.
  • Myrtle Beach.
  • Charlotte.
  • Greenville, SC.

Which Carolina is better for vacation? ›

Both of the Carolinas offer a plethora of things to see and do as well as some of the United States' oldest history. North Carolina is rich in natural attractions with everything from pristine beaches to swamps to the Appalachian mountains. South Carolina has stunning beaches and plenty of history.

Which state is better for seniors North Carolina or South Carolina? ›

South Carolina Is Tax-Friendlier to Retirees Than North Carolina. My colleagues on Kiplinger.com maintain the incredible Retiree Tax Map -- a state-by-state guide to taxes on retirement income, state sales taxes, property tax breaks for seniors, estate taxes, and more.

Is Emerald Isle worth visiting? ›

With 50,000 people per week visiting during peak season, Emerald Isle North Carolina is a fantastic place to travel to – whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a place to let loose with your friends.

What is the safest beach in NC? ›

Carolina Beach is the safest beach in North Carolina and features a wide coastline with shallow ocean floors, lifeguards on duty, and generally calm waves towards the shores. If you want to spend a relaxing vacation, this shoreline is also a great option.

What beaches in North Carolina have sea glass? ›

Bodie Island, Pea Island, and Ocracoke are some of the best places in this area to find sea glass. However, it can be found along any strip of beach, from Corolla to South Nags Head. Early morning is the best time to go sea glass hunting. Later in the day you will find what has been left from the earlier beachcombers.

What is the most white city in North Carolina? ›

Wake had the largest non-Hispanic white population of any North Carolina county in 2018 (653,485) and the largest increase since 2017 (8,049). In 10 counties, the non-Hispanic white population was more than 90% of the total population in 2018. Madison had the highest percentage white (94%).

What city in NC has the best mountain views? ›

Boone. Beautiful Boone, North Carolina, is easily one of the most popular NC mountain towns to visit. The city is named after pioneer Daniel Boone and has breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

What is the oldest town in North Carolina? ›

European settlement near the Pamlico River in the 1690s led to the creation of Bath, North Carolina's first town, in 1705. The town's location seemed ideal with easy access to the river and the Atlantic Ocean 50 miles away at Ocracoke Inlet.

What is the nicest town to live in North Carolina? ›

Morrisville. #1 Best Places to Live in North Carolina.

Is North Carolina good for tourists? ›

North Carolina has something for everyone, with the highest mountains in the eastern U.S., 300 miles of pristine coastline, quaint towns and vibrant cities. From the mountains to the sea, explore the natural, scenic beauty, discover outdoor adventure or try one of 500 golf courses, including the legendary Pinehurst No.

What is the safest county to live in in North Carolina? ›

Pinehurst, a village in Moore County, is North Carolina's safest community.
Safest Cities in North Carolina, 2019.
RankCitySafety Index
3Holly Springs0.54
4Mount Airy0.54
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What city in North Carolina has the highest black population? ›

Per North Carolina, 21.1% of its total population is Black or African American. Based on its research, RoadSnacks reports that Wadesboro - population 5, 305- had the highest percentage of citizens identifying as African American in the state of North Carolina for 2021, at 72.05%.

What is the cheapest city to live in North Carolina? ›

Hickory, NC is country's No. 1 city for low costs: List | Charlotte Observer.

What should I be careful of in North Carolina? ›

5 Deadliest Pests in North Carolina
  • Black Widows. Black widows are without question a dangerous spider. ...
  • Brown Recluse Spiders. Brown recluse spiders don't have the same sort of reputation that black widows do, but they have a seriously dangerous bite. ...
  • Snakes. There are 6 poisonous snakes that reside in North Carolina:
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What 3 things is North Carolina known for? ›

North Carolina is known for its arts and culture, being a pioneer in aviation, and beautiful state parks with massive mountains. This southern state features friendly people, delicious food, and charming nature.

Is NC colder than SC? ›

Climate and Weather

Yes, the northern reaches of NC get a bit colder than the most southerly tip of SC, but the major difference comes from the way the climate differs from the eastern beach regions to the western, more mountainous regions.

What month is the rainiest in NC? ›

The driest month in Raleigh is April with 2.80 inches of precipitation, and with 4.29 inches July is the wettest month.
Average Rainfall for Raleigh.
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What is the rainiest season in NC? ›

July and August are the wettest months, and October and November are the driest. Annual precipitation varies from 46 to 54 inches (1,170 to 1,370 mm) on the coast, 44 to 50 inches (1,120 to 1,270 mm) in the Piedmont, and 40 to 80 inches (1,015 to 2,030 mm) in the mountains.

What months are most likely to see hurricanes in North Carolina? ›

North Carolina is the fourth worst state for hurricanes in the U.S. The Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1 and ends on November 30, but the Tar Heel State is most at risk for hurricanes during the months of August, September, and October.

What are things only North Carolina has? ›

20 Things You Can Only Find In North Carolina
  • The Blue Ridge Mountains. ...
  • The Outer Banks. ...
  • Beach roamin' ponies. ...
  • Ten gorgeous, unique lighthouses. ...
  • Sun Drop soda fresher than the rest. ...
  • Hot dog or burger 'all the way. ...
  • Speaking of food, how about two different types of barbecue.
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Is there a Six Flags in North Carolina? ›

Six Flags Charlotte, NC.

What is the most visited national park in North Carolina? ›

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Of all the national parks in North Carolina, this one is the most visited. While the Blue Ridge Parkway is the most visited NPS unit, GSMNP is the most visited National Park in the United States.

What are two major landmarks in North Carolina? ›

5 North Carolina Historical Landmarks to Visit
  • The Biltmore Estate. The Biltmore Estate is the crown jewel of North Carolina. ...
  • Chimney Rock State Park. Chimney Rock State Park is an icon in our state because of the stunning scenery and its historic significance. ...
  • Vance Birthplace. ...
  • Carl Sandburg Home. ...
  • The Saluda Grade.

What is the most visited beach in North Carolina? ›

1. Atlantic Beach. Located on the state's famed Crystal Coast, Atlantic Beach is one of the more popular destinations, owing largely to its location and the fact that it faces south, protecting it from the wind and waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

What is the number 1 visited national park? ›

Coming in at the top spot with a whopping 12.1 million visits, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the country's most-visited national park. Crossing North Carolina and Tennessee, this park is known for its wildlife, waterfalls, and fog-covered mountains.

What meal is North Carolina known for? ›

The main food that North Carolina is known for is barbecue. North Carolina has two styles of barbecue: Eastern and Lexington. Eastern, found from the coast to the Piedmont, cooks whole hogs over oak coals, and then seasons the meat with a thin, tangy vinegar and pepper sauce.

What is the prettiest beach in NC? ›

5 Most Picturesque Beaches Along North Carolina's Coast
  • Topsail Island. Just south of the illustrious Outer Banks lies an island paradise known as Topsail Island. ...
  • Bald Head Island. ...
  • Wrightsville Beach. ...
  • Emerald Isle. ...
  • Ocracoke Island.

Which is better for vacation North or South Carolina? ›

Both of the Carolinas offer a plethora of things to see and do as well as some of the United States' oldest history. North Carolina is rich in natural attractions with everything from pristine beaches to swamps to the Appalachian mountains. South Carolina has stunning beaches and plenty of history.

Where is Outer Banks filmed? ›

Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

There are plenty of sun-soaked scenes on the water for this show, and most of them were filmed in Mount Pleasant's Shem Creek. The waterfront area is a big tourist destination in the area where you can find beautiful views, creek-side dining, and plenty of water activities.


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