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Biltmore top state attraction in 2008

Posted January 27, 2009

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— The Biltmore House in Asheville was the most-visited attraction in North Carolina last year, according to Matthews-based Carolina Publishing Associates.

The former estate of the wealthy Vanderbilt family drew almost 1.1 million visitors for the year – the only destination in the state to top 1 million visitors.

The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro finished second, with 764,637 visitors, followed by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, with 760,188 visitors. The Raleigh museum recently completed a six-month exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Other area attractions to make the Top 25 include the Museum of Life and Science in Durham at No. 8, the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh at No. 10, the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh at No. 22 and Chapel Hill's Morehead Planetarium at No. 23.

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  • Cleanup on Aisle Cool Jan 28, 2009

    FYI - The most often visited attraction in NC is Concord Mills Mall.

  • solly93 Jan 28, 2009

    Complete list scrubbed from the internet:
    1. Biltmore, Asheville
    2. North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro
    3. N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh
    4. Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach
    5. Discovery Place, Charlotte
    6. Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills 7. N.C. Aquarium, Fort Fisher 8. N.C. Museum of Life and Science, Durham 9. N.C. Aquarium, Pine Knoll Shores 10. N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh 11. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Manteo 12. N.C. Aquarium, Roanoke Island 13. N.C. Arboretum, Asheville 14. Natural Science Center, Greensboro 15. Grandfather Mountain, Linville 16. N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort 17. Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington 18. Chimney Rock State Park, Chimney Rock 19. Cherokee Historical Association, Cherokee 20. Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo 21. N.C. Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Mooresville 22. N.C. Museum of Art, Raleigh 23. Morehead Planetarium, Chapel Hill (172,030) 24. Linville Caverns, Marion 25. Smoky Mountain Railroad, Bryson City

  • wdwbmw Jan 28, 2009

    How about publishing a list of all 25 and not just those in the Triangle, please.

  • pinehorse Jan 27, 2009

    For the rest of the story...Fort Macon State Park, number 2 destination in the state.