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...
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.