Blooming rhododendron flowers on a scenic overlook near Burnsville
The sun rises behind the historic Bodie Island Lighthouse in Nags Head
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s Firebird
Wild horses roaming the beach in Corolla on the Outer Banks
The Mill Shoals and French Broad twin waterfalls in autumn
Enjoying the evening in Charlotte's Uptown district
Early morning on the beach in Nags Head
Farm-to-table dining in a lush garden setting at Irregardless Café in Raleigh
The Wright Brothers National Memorial, paying tribute to the first in flight, in Kill Devil Hills
A festive location for craft beer at Birdsong Brewing in Charlotte
Explore the Appalachians to the Outer Banks
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.
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.
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.