Regional Information

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nc mountainsThe Mountains

From the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the peaks of North Carolina are ready for your visit.  Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway from Cherokee to the Virginia border and take in the rugged beauty of the mountains.  Or eat your way across Asheville, a foodie’s paradise that’s loaded with great restaurants and craft breweries.  Or visit the Biltmore Estate and America’s most-visited winery.  You could ski, hike, fish, canoe, kayak, whitewater raft, bike or shop your way from town to town in western North Carolina.

The Piedmont

The Piedmont and Sandhills of North Carolina were once fertile grounds for tobacco farms, though now you’re more likely to see golfers than tobacco croppers. Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Raleigh all have great golf courses, but none can compare to Pinehurst and it’s fabled links. But it’s not all golf. Visit historic sites, folk art communities, our state zoo, and some of the best state parks you’ll find anywhere.

The Coast

the coastFrom the Outer Banks to the Crystal Coast to the Brunswick Isles, you’ll find our beaches are all one of a kind. Along the Outer Banks, see where colonists first tried to carve out a home in the New World, visit the site where the Wright Brothers took flight, take to the skies yourself by hang gliding off Jockey’s Ridge, visit the lighthouse along this strip of land, and don’t forget to spend a little time playing on the sand and in the waves. On the Crystal Coast, you’ll find superb diving, a herd of wild ponies, and a stunning lighthouse, all in an area where pirate legends prowled the seas. Near Wilmington, Topsail, Wrightsville, Kure and Carolina Beaches offer all of the fun, sun, waves and relaxation you can handle. And along the Brunswick Isles, you can slow down, settle in, and enjoy the solitude of Bald Head Island, the splendor of Oak Island and Caswell Beach, the pace of Holden Beach, and the golf courses along Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle. Whatever beach experience you’re looking for, you can find it in North Carolina.



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