A visit to North Carolina is a diverse experience. You can savor spending time in cities that are full of life, or you can enjoy the tranquillity of the outdoors, with its mountain filled expanses.
The area is a treat to visit at any time of year, with its lush green expanses in Summer, a multitude of colors in Fall and white coverings of snow in Winter.
A few days spent visiting Maggie Valley attractions, or time spent enjoying the arts and innovation experience that Winston- Salem provides, are two ideas for your visit to North Carolina. Here are five more top places that you should visit if you get the chance.
Five Top Places to Visit in North Carolina
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Since I live in Tennessee near the Great Smoky Mountains (and hike them often), I would be remiss if I didn’t put them at the top of the list.
A visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park puts you amongst an impressive array of wildlife including the park’s most famous resident, the American Black Bear.
You can walk amidst flowers such as the hepatica, and spend time gazing up at the stars as darkness falls. And of course, you are always in the presence of the mountains themselves.
The Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate is located in Asheville, and it’s one of the most popular places to visit in North Carolina. The Vanderbilt Mansion lies at the heart of the estate, and it’s impressive.
The mansion houses a plentiful supply of artwork and antiques. Outside of the mansion, you can explore the gardens and pay a visit to River Bend Farm.
USS North Carolina
If your trip to North Carolina takes you to Wilmington, you should definitely make time to visit the USS North Carolina.
The ship was commissioned in 1941 and was part of the US fleet during the Second World War. A tour around the USS North Carolina is a fascinating experience. You can get a close-up look at where the crew slept and ate, and at the guns, they fired.
Old Cardinal Gem Mine
In the town of Franklin, you can find the Old Cardinal Gem Mine. If you have kids with you on your vacation, they will love the fun of this place. You get to dig in the dirt or buy a bucket of dirt to search through. Any gems that you find are yours to keep.
The staff at the mine bag them up for you to take away. Of course, they will also tell you exactly what treasure you have found; in case you cannot recognize the gems yourself. Over the years, gems such as rubies, sapphires, and moonstones have been found. So what treasure will you discover?
NASCAR Hall of Fame
If you love race cars, you will feel right at home in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It’s one of Charlotte’s top attractions, and it’s full of classic vehicles. There is a simulated race track called Glory Road and a Hall of Honor.
You can also pay a visit to the High Octane Theater where images are displayed on a sixty-four-foot screen.
Hopefully, you can see that North Carolina is a state where you will never be bored. These are just five of the top attractions. There are much more just waiting for you to come and explore.