If you are planning a vacation, North Carolina is one of the most ideal states to visit, especially if you’re planning to travel with family. With things to do that range from surfing on the beach to climbing mountains or visiting some of the area’s renowned museums or theme parks, there’s always something to do in North Carolina, whatever the weather. During the winter months, there is plenty of opportunity for skiing and other winter activities in the High Country mountains, which are also great for hiking and exploring in the warmer weather. Let’s not forget the range of beaches and coastal attractions too, which make for a great vacation base during the hot summer months.
If you are looking for a coastal vacation by the sea, there are plenty of rental homes on the Outer Banks to choose from. With shore damage and some beach erosion, the future of the Outer Banks is a little unsure right now, which is why visitors are putting it on the top of their priority list when it comes to things to see and do in North Carolina. This 200-mile stretch of barrier islands offers a rich history, interesting towns, and of course completely natural beauty and breath-taking views.
Linville Gorge and Falls
Often referred to as the eastern ‘Grand Canyon’, Linville Gorge is one of the most scenic and also the deepest gorges in the eastern USA. The Linville River enters the gorge at the Linville Falls, a 90ft waterfall which is definitely a must-see for anyone visiting North Carolina. This is one of the most – if not the most – photographed waterfalls in the area, and there are different trails which you can explore in order to view the stunning falls at a range of different angles.
The Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate is one of the most must-see attractions in the whole of North Carolina. Located in Asheville at the center of an eight-thousand-acre compound, the Biltmore Estate is home to the Vanderbilt Mansion, which is the largest private home in the whole of the USA. This mansion boasts 250 impressive rooms which contain stunning artwork and antiques, not to mention the grand and interesting architecture. If you’re visiting, don’t forget to walk through the awesome gardens and pay a visit to River Bend Farm.
Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock State Park is an absolute must-visit for anybody vacationing in North Carolina. Located twenty-five miles southeast of Asheville, the park is home to an elevation of more than 2,250 feet, with a 26-storey elevator built inside making the excursion to the top as easy as possible for tourists. Once at the top, you’ll be met with breath-taking views of the park and the surrounding area. Whilst in the park, don’t miss the Hickory Nut Falls Trail, which leads you to the base of the 404-ft Hickory Nut Falls.
Which are your favorite things to do in North Carolina? If you’d like to leave a recommendation, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.