North Carolina

North Carolina is a progressive state in the southeast United States that breaks the mold and traditional views tourists believe the south has a reputation for. In addition to its world class university at Chapel Hill, Asheville will charm you in a way that you never could imagine. Its deep roots to the Civil War era history are entwined with its modern focus on contemporary art, events, music and festivities that create a vibrant, fun atmosphere tourists seek.

North Carolina doesn’t just rank high as a desirable East Coast vacation spot. It also ranks as a great place to live, consistently gaining national attention for quality of life.

Among the many assets of this state are the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, a national treasure offering scenic forest, autumn foliage hikes, lakes, biking, and the great outdoors adventures in a four seasons climate ranging from warm summers to cold winters with some snow.

Before you go, there are many cities, attractions and events you can plan a trip around. We found that it is impossible to summarize the diversity of lifestyles and types of vacations you can experience in North Carolina. There’s just so much to see and do that the thought of picking only one or two places can be daunting. For example, we know that NC has over 500 golf courses and ranks among the nation’s best golf destinations. But in reading the latest press releases from the North Carolina Department of Commerece, Division of Tourism, the massive amount of information about happenings throughout the state is incredible. Here are some of the latest headlines:

The Ultimate Furniture Destination – Hickory Furniture Mart

Fast Track Fun – Cabarrus County

Visit Durham North Carolina

Charlotte’s Got A Lot

No Cars Allowed on Bald Head Island

Whimsy and Whirligigs – Wilson County

Mountain Lovers Love Jackson County

NC’s Last Frontier – Graham County

More Beach for Your Blanket – NC’s Brunswick Islands

Base Camp for Adventure – Swain County

Basketball, Baseball, Books and Botanicals – Chapel Hill & Orange County

Hidden Gems in the Southern Appalachians – Highlands Area

Mountain Adventures Foothills Fun – Lake Lure & The Blue Ridge Foothills

Napa is Out, NC is In – NC Wine and Grape Council

Bosky Acres Goat Cheese

NC’s Southern Outer Banks – The Crystal Coast

Dynamic, Unexpected, Celebratory and Smart – Raleigh

Take Your Vacation Higher – High Country Host

Site, Sounds & Scenes Await – Historic Edenton

Treasures Lie Beyond I-95′s Exits – Johnston County VB

The Home of Golf – Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen

The Original People – Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

The Benchmark for Outdoor Adventure – Wildwater Rafting

Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau – Randolph County

A Destination of Contrasts & Surprises – Wilmington & NC’s Cape Fear Coast

More Than a Rock – A Mountain of Possibilities – Chimney Rock Park

America’s Beach – The Outer Banks

History, Luxury and Exemplary Service – Discover Fearrington Village

Bicycles, B&Bs, Bountiful Blooms, Birding, Boutiques, Beer – Pittsboro-Siler City

Shopper’s Paradise – Carolina Premium Outlets

Explore Mountain Crossroads – Cherokee County