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NC Visitor's Guide

Posted March 15, 2011

This is pretty impressive. North Carolina is the 6th most visited state in the country. That’s according to a recent report by the US Travel Association.

Let’s carve out a top ten list of places visitors must see when they come to North Carolina. Starting with the mountains and moving east I’ll give you my list. Please give us your top ten.


1. Blue Ridge Parkway

2. Asheville – Biltmore House

3. Grandfather Mountain – Highland Games, etc.

4. Yadkin Valley – wine and swine (BBQ)

5. Charlotte – Panthers, Bobcats and Nascar Museum

6. Durham-Chapel Hill - UNC, Duke, Durham Bulls, American Tobacco District

7. Raleigh – Carolina Hurricanes, NCSU

8. Sandhills - golf, tennis and pottery

9. Outer Banks - Wright Brothers Memorial, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Oc racoke

10. Wilmington - historic district, Cape Fear River and USS North Carolina


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  • nightcreature84 Mar 16, 2011

    Brevard North Carolina also known as "The Land of Waterfalls"


    Cape Lookout National Seashore also known as "The Horrible Headland"(on early historical maps)

  • khoggard Mar 16, 2011

    Fort Raleigh & the Lost Colony as well as downtown Manteo.

  • dharper22 Mar 16, 2011

    Add Duke Homestead at the Durham stop.

  • justuptonogood Mar 16, 2011

    Grandfather Mountain

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park - NC side :-)

  • Zelda Mar 15, 2011

    Add Duke Gardens to the Durham-Chapel Hill list.

  • history6557 Mar 15, 2011

    Maybe to the Mountains add Lakes Lure and Junaluska. To the Piedmont add Old Salem and the State Zoo at Asheboro. For the coast add Brunswick Town, Fort Fisher and Beaufort.

  • katizs Mar 15, 2011

    I would have to add for families -

    Boone - a trip to Tweetsie

    Outer Banks - watch the lighthouses come on at night & riding the Ocracoke ferry at night is pretty neat too

    Wilmington - definitely agree on the USS Wilmington

    Fayetteville - Airborne museum

  • justuptonogood Mar 15, 2011

    Not to mention:

    Pilot Mountain
    Currituck Beach Lighthouse
    Cape Lookout (and the lighthouse too)

  • ziradog Mar 15, 2011

    Wisemans View


    Beaufort - Morehead City Area – Maritime Museum, Aquarium, Old Burying Ground, etc.

    Dismal Swamp

  • HadEnough Mar 15, 2011

    Bluff's Lodge on the Parkway.
    Mile marker 141.
    No phones, no TV, really nice outdoor fireplace.




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