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Here naturally beautiful landscapes stretch from the coast to the Great Smoky Mountains. Explore the breathtaking views the range offers while hiking, camping, rafting or zip lining. Along the coast, make time to relax or find adventure. Dive into water sports, including kiteboarding, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking. Climb historic lighthouses or board a historic battleship. Savor Calabash seafood, fresh from the sea and fried to golden perfection in a style all its own. And get your camera ready: wild horses roam over the sands of two separate banks here.

With all there is to do on land and by sea, save time for all that’s happening within North Carolina’s vibrant cities and eclectic college towns. Here the dynamic natural landscape gives way to vineyards and valleys, as well as premiere golf and stock car courses, historic sites, plentiful shopping and restaurants that carry on the state’s distinct culinary tradition. Foodies can indulge in delights from James Beard nominees and barbecue pit masters alike. And those looking for nightlife will find the cities filled with a booming music scene, bustling breweries and enough entertainment to last for several lifetimes. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, mountains or beaches, the rhythm of city life or the tranquility of nature, your stay in North Carolina will definitely stay with you.

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Fun Fact

The Wright Brothers Memorial reaches into the sky
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This state gets bragging rights to First in Flight, as it was North Carolina’s Wright brothers whose historic flight took off at Kill Devil Hills in 1903 and successfully ended, 12 seconds later.

Ready for the fire at Skylight Inn BBQ
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Eat your way down the North Carolina Barbecue Society Historic Barbecue Trail, which highlights 24 stops that roast pig the old-fashioned way, slowly over pits of wood or charcoal.

A historical marker recognizing Blackbeard in Bath, North Carolina
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A pirate’s life: The shallow inlets of North Carolina’s Outer Banks attracted many pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries, the most infamous being Blackbeard, who called the town of Bath home.

Must see places

Fall colors at Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

These mountains, so named for the thin blue mist that floats around them, cover 111,693 hectares of the state, encompassing charming small towns that preserve the area’s unique cultural history and offering a variety of outdoor diversions, from climbing to rafting to camping.

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The massive European-style gardens at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville

Biltmore Estate

The USA’s largest private home sprawls across impressive grounds (an 3,237 hectare backyard where you can horseback ride, for instance), has 250 rooms and an ornate façade that barely fits in your camera frame. Nearby Antler Hill Village features the award-winning Biltmore Winery as well as dining, shopping and historical exhibits.

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The Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain in Linville

Grandfather Mountain

One of the cliffs on this imposing 1,828-meter high mountain looks just like an old man, hence the name. Within its scope, you’ll find the region’s most ecologically diverse nature preserve and possibly encounter bears, cougars, otter, bald eagle and deer. Take in the view from Mile High Swinging Bridge, stroll nature paths or hike the alpine trails.

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There are hundreds of beers on tap at Raleigh Beer Garden

Raleigh Beer Garden

As the Guinness World Record holder for most varieties of beer on tap (366, and most of those North Carolina craft), Raleigh Beer Garden is an experience of the state’s brew culture like none other. Head to the rooftop garden with its views of downtown.

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Inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte

NASCAR Hall of Fame

All things NASCAR are celebrated in this 14,000 square meter megaplex, which is just as educational as it is entertaining, including a 278 seat theater, a Hall of Honor, restaurants and shopping. Interactive exhibits and artifacts pass on the history of this racing institution.

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Cape Lookout Lighthouse in the Outer Banks

Cape Lookout National Seashore

Three unspoiled barrier islands on North Carolina’s Outer Banks make up the Lookout, offering visitors unfettered access to fishing, swimming, birding, boating, windsurfing, kayaking and shelling. Climb the Cape Lookout Lighthouse to survey the Crystal Coast or to spot the wild horses that roam here.

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Hang gliding over the dunes at Jockeys Ridge State Park in Nags Head

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

The tallest sand dune on the East Coast, Jockey Ridge is a hotspot for hiking, hang-gliding, kite-flying and sunset-watching over Roanoke Sound.

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Aerial view of Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina

Chimney Rock State Park

You might recognize this state park’s stunning scenery from the final scenes of the film, "Last of the Mohicans." While it’s home to six hiking trails and the gorgeous Hickory Nut Falls, the star attraction is the Chimney Rock lookout. From atop this 96-meter mountaintop rock formation, you’ll be able to see not only the surrounding Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure, but also 120 kilometers in all directions.

A classic Ford Mustang on display at the Mustang Owners Museum in Concord, North Carolina

Mustang Owners Museum

Located in Concord, a short drive away from Charlotte Motor Speedway, the sprawling museum space houses more than 50 Ford Mustangs, all of which are owned by Mustang enthusiasts or automotive companies. For this reason, the cars on display rotate regularly, meaning that each visit to the museum will be a unique look at the legendary muscle car.

Wild horses grazing at Shackleford Banks, North Carolina

Shackleford Banks

Admire, from a respectful distance, the more than 100 wild horses running free on the Shackleford Banks, the southernmost barrier island of Cape Lookout National Seashore. Or to the north, catch a glimpse of Corolla’s Spanish Mustangs, North Carolina’s oldest residents, who have roamed the Outer Banks for hundreds of years.

Hot air balloon over Asheville, North Carolina
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