North Carolina Vacation & Travel Guide

North Carolina - From the Mountains to the stunning coastline North Carolina will give you a holiday to cherish. The Appalachian mountain chain runs through the western part of the state, forming the lush landscape of the region, enjoy 250 miles of the world-famous Blue Ridge Parkway winding through North Carolina's mountains.  As you leave the Mountains the central part of the state, offers gentle rolling covering nearly one half of North Carolina in the central part of the state and boasts is home to the state's largest cities. Renowned for its tobacco farms, shopping Mecca’s, top golf courses and abundant historic sites. Then there is the stunning coastline - warmed by the Gulf Stream, the North Carolina Coast is a sunny place filled with pristine beaches, giant sand dunes and wetlands filled with wildlife and a variety of plants. The defining characteristic of the area is the Outer Banks, a chain of fragile barrier islands - 130 miles of unspoiled coastline surrounded by 900 square miles of water.

Explore the State


To help you get started on your exploration of the state, we’ve defined 3 North Carolina tourism regions listed under the different headings below, From the Mountains to the stunning Coastline.


Please click on each heading to explore the regions...


The Mountains

Let the seasons guide your way to an unforgettable vacation in the North Carolina mountains. Fall offers spectacular color along the Blue Ridge Parkway, America’s Favorite Drive. Winter creates a snowy wonderland at High Country ski resorts. Spring brings crisp, fresh air perfect for hiking the Appalachian Trail. And summer offers water sports ranging from kayaking tranquil rivers to rafting Class IV-V whitewater rapids. Whether you’re looking for mountain cabin rentals, a stay at a spa, a secluded camping spot or a zip lining adventure, you’ll find it here.


It's not hard to see how this region inspired local music greats like the Avett Brothers and John Coltrane. Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and other cities blend a cosmopolitan feel with an undeniable Southern charm. Here you’ll enjoy everything from arts and nightlife to great dining and award-winning local wine and craft beer. See exotic animals in their natural habitats at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. Shop handcrafted pottery at Seagrove. Unwind at Forbes Four-Star Spas in Cary and Pittsboro, or explore the great outdoors in the Uwharrie National Forest.


Worries can’t follow you to a place this beautiful. With more than 300 miles of barrier island beaches, two national seashores and dozens of charming small towns, the pristine landscape of the North Carolina coast is made for relaxation. Explore lighthouses on our beaches, rivers and sounds. Tee it up on world-class golf courses. Taste exquisite seafood caught the same day. See the beauty of wild horses and native wildlife in picturesque settings. Visit sites steeped in Revolutionary and Civil War history, or just enjoy the sand between your toes.


North Carolina Weather

Beautiful summers and mild winters. Stunning fall foliage in autumn and glowing green countryside in the spring - North Carolina offers sensational weather year-round, and that means you can plan your vacation to the State whenever it’s convenient for you.

When it gets cool, replace the winter blues with our golf course greens. In the summer, soak up the coastal sunshine on some of the best beaches on the East Coast. And discover the beauty of fall foliage in North Carolina state parks when October rolls around.

No matter when you plan to visit, the weather in North Carolina offers a warm sun, cool breeze or beautiful scenic view to welcome the dog days of summer or say goodbye to old man winter.

In the summer, North Carolina can be hot and humid with daytime temperatures averaging near 90 °F (32 °C) across most of the state with overnight lows near 70 °F (21 °C).

Winter temperatures are much less uniform. Coastal areas of the state have very mild winters with high temperatures averaging near 60 °F (16 °C) and overnight lows near 38 °F (3 °C). Further inland temperatures average between 55 °F (13 °C) during the day and 34 °F (1 °C) at night.


South Carolina State Parks

Stunning forested mountains and towering waterfalls, blackwater rivers and scenic inland lakes, white sand beaches and ancient island shores, treasured American historic sites and priceless cultural treasures.
From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the sand dunes of the Atlantic, South Carolina State Parks protect some of the most inviting natural, cultural and recreational destinations in the US.


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