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North Carolina has several distinct regions from the ocean to the mountains. The easternmost territory includes the Outer Banks, barrier islands that protect the mainland. Travel up and down these narrow strips of peninsulas and islands to enjoy sandy beaches, iconic lighthouses, giant sand dunes and beautiful sunrises. Visit Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers made some of man’s earliest airplane flights.
Just inland, the town of Wilmington on the Cape Fear River centers on Riverwalk, with numerous shops and restaurants. Nearby, tour the Battleship North Carolina, a highly decorated World War II U.S. battleship.
The Piedmont area is the flat central section of the state. The area around Raleigh is known as the Research Triangle, with the great universities of Wake Forest, UNC at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State. Stroll the beautiful campuses and watch exciting college sports.
Charlotte, one of the nation’s largest banking cities, has an exciting uptown. Visit the area to enjoy professional football, basketball, baseball and NASCAR racing. See performances of the philharmonic orchestra, opera, touring Broadway shows and numerous other artist groups throughout the year at the seven sites of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.
Take a family raft adventure at Charlotte’s manmade U.S. National Whitewater Center. If you’re an expert, run the rapids in your own whitewater kayak, or rent one for the day.
West of Charlotte, visit the Appalachian Mountains for outdoor activities. Hike trails to waterfalls. In spring, the hills light up with pink rhododendrons. Although the state is part of the typically warm southern U.S., you’ll find enough cold weather in the mountains for downhill skiing. Try Sugar Mountain Resort or Appalachian Ski Mountain near the college town of Boone.
Asheville is home to the Biltmore Estate, originally owned by George Vanderbilt, now a resort with public access. Explore gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who created New York’s Central Park. Go horseback riding, hike on wooded trails or take the Christmas tour through the Biltmore home, decorated with more than 50 Christmas trees.
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A: Most visitors stay in private vacation homes in North Carolina. But you don't need to follow the crowd. You'll also find hotels, condos and motels in abundance here, and they're available for booking with Expedia.
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A: There are tons of opportunities when staying in Charlotte. If you're unsure where to start, find your way to Spectrum Center, Bank of America Stadium and University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Duke University, PNC Arena and University of North Carolina are well worth checking out if Raleigh is where you're going to be spending most of your time.
Or, for some other new experiences, find out why Greensboro Coliseum, Elon University and High Point University are popular attractions for people vacationing in Greensboro.
Love the beautiful quick access to the beach. Thankful the pool was open even with COVID-19 restrictions in place. Our beds were super super comfy with a beauty ocean view with beautiful morning sunrises! We did not get clean new room towels the next morning however, once we requested from the evening ...
Overall the property is very clean. I rented a king suite. They have take extra precautions with cleaning due to COVID. We did have an issue of the air conditioning not working in the suite. I notified the front desk and had someone there within 10min to work on both air units. The building next ...
We had a wonderful stay at this hotel. It is clean, comfortable and quiet and close to everything! It was a short drive to Biltmore and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Housekeeping was amazing l, the indoor pool was great, and it is right beside so many restaurants. We will definitely stay here again the ...
Pretty well-maintaned and a good deal during the week. It was an easy walk across the street to the beach. The one drawback, is although it's supposed to be smoke free, several sections reek of cigarettes and pot.
Great location, rooms were lovely and clean and staff were very nice. Overall great stay, we had an ocean front sea room and had a great stay in OBX! Thank you 😃
Our two night stay at the Blockade Runner was excellent. Couldn't ask for anything that they had not thought of first.. The beds were made with an extra sheet on both sides of the blanket, haven't seen that since our trip to Paris. The staff was very efficient, mild mannered and well trained; their ...
Clean, friendly staff, comfortable bed, good location