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What to see in North Carolina

Attractions


The state of North Carolina is most famous for its natural attractions, with ancient mountains beckoning hikers and climbers in the west, and pristine beaches and islands luring lovers of sea and sand in the east. This is not to say, however, that the state is devoid of historical and cultural attractions, and cities like Charlotte, Raleigh and Wilmington can hold their own when it comes to sightseeing. As a tourist destination, North Carolina also benefits from a healthy dose of Southern charm, with a population well known for being welcoming and friendly, and some fantastic restaurants for foodies. The modern and the rural coexist quite starkly in North Carolina, where hog farms, mountain villages and tobacco plantations exist much as they have for centuries, alongside cosmopolitan urban centres, prestigious universities and artistic communities; this dichotomy makes the state hard to predict or define and makes it all the more interesting. Most visitors choose to explore the Appalachian Mountains or the scenic coastline, much of which is protected in state parks and reserves, using the cities and towns as launching pads but little more.


Blue Ridge Parkway

Designed as a scenic drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile (755km) road connecting the Shenandoah National Park…

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts many natural…

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Wilmington

Wilmington, restored through a massive revitalization effort about 30 years ago, is today as charming and quaint as Southern…

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Bald Head Island

Beautiful Bald Head Island lies off the tip of the Cape Fear peninsula, a serene retreat to a simpler way of life. Scattered…

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Atlantic Beach

A tiny town in the Crystal Coast region of North Carolina, Atlantic Beach is a popular beach resort offering water activities…

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