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Titans of Tourism

Posted February 20, 2008

Have you seen the latest list of North Carolina’s Top Tourist Destinations? It was compiled by Carolina Publishing Associates of Matthews, publishers of the annual Carolina Heritage Guide and Carolina and Virginia Field Trips Magazines.

America’s largest home came in at number. The Biltmore House was named the most visited attraction among the state’s public and private museums and historic sites.

Rounding out the top five: Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC Zoo in Asheboro, NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh and Fort Macon State Park near Beaufort.

What is your top five? Please share.

Here is my top five: Blue Ridge Parkway, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Grandfather Mountain, the Triangle and Charlotte. I put the Triangle in there because of all of the great museums including Natural Sciences and wonderful college campuses. I like Charlotte because of the big city feel, professional sports and cultural events.

What is your top five?


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  • brant58 Feb 20, 2008

    The Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and Brevard because of all the beautiful waterfalls in that area

  • mlbangel81 Feb 20, 2008

    Sparta(My little bit of heaven on Earth),Asheville,Renston,Ayden,White Lake

  • teacher_96 Feb 20, 2008

    Linville Caverns (I still remember going when I was in elementary school), Cherokee, NC- Unto These Hills, Roanoke Island (The Lost Colony), Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Fort Fisher and the NC Aquarium (I cheated, counted them as one). Honorable mention to Old Salem. There's just too many to name. It's way too hard to do 5. I'm so proud to have always lived my life here. There's so much to do and from mountains to beaches.

  • Feb 20, 2008

    Pinehurst, The Zoo, Ocean Isle / Suuset Beaches, The Biltmore House, UNC-CH campus

  • happy Feb 20, 2008

    Top 5? Mt. Mitchel (highest peak east of the Miss); Cape Hatteras; Linville Caverns; Ocracoke

  • Riverracer8 Feb 20, 2008

    Grandfather Mountain, Ocracoke, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, any mountain waterfalls, NC Zoo

  • no more - no less Feb 20, 2008

    Ocean Isle Beach
    Southport (also the ferry ride from Fort Fisher to Southport)
    Orton Plantation
    Pilot House Restaurant - Wilmington

  • fishnett5977 Feb 20, 2008

    Sunset Beach/Bird Island, Old Beaufort port, Manteo/Outer Banks, Pisgah National Forest, Linville Caverns - and yep, I could name a bunch more!!! ;)

  • ajstarrrn Feb 20, 2008

    Top 5: Fort Fisher/Southport, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Grandfather Mt, NC Zoo, Downtown Wilmington

  • NC is my home Feb 20, 2008

    JUST 5!!! I don't think I could limit it to 5, unless it's 5 for each county. There is so much to see & do in North Carolina. It doesn't matter whether you're interested in sports, history, drama & filmmaking, visual arts, children's activities, etc.

    Anywhere on the NC coast is too beautiful.

    The scenic NC Mountains is to behold God's great power first hand. Loved the good folks in Mount Airy (but Mayberry Days is too crowded for me now). The authentic moutain music.

    The movie studio tours, like Screen Gems in Wilmington & Blue Ridge in Asheville, as well as the Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield is to see how much better it is here than "Hollywood". And the scuptures in Smithfield. We have alot of talent here.

    And our museums, especially the NC Museum of History in Raleigh, and historic sites across the state in just about every city and town--makes us realize how important our lives are to the scheme of things in the universe.

    And you want just 5?




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