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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 isn't to say that the state is devoid of historical and cultural attractions. Cities like Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington can hold their own when it comes to sightseeing. As a tourist destination, North Carolina benefits from a healthy dose of Southern charm and fantastic restaurants.

The modern and the rural coexist in North Carolina, much as they have for centuries. Hog farms, mountain villages, and tobacco plantations exist alongside cosmopolitan urban centres, prestigious universities, and artistic communities.

This dichotomy makes the state hard to define. Most visitors choose to explore the Appalachian Mountains or scenic coastline, most of which is protected state parks and reserves. The cities and towns operate mostly as launching pads to other attractions.


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…

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Wilmington

Restored through a massive revitalisation effort, Wilmington is a quaint, charming, and genuine Southern town. Grand…

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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. Stunningly…

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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…

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