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Top 15 Places Across North Carolina You Must Visit

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Top Places Across North Carolina You Must Visit

North Carolina is one of the most scenic places in the United States Of America. The state offers a wide variety of landscapes to visit and being in the USA, most of the places are readily accessible and easy to reach by a simple subway ride or a rental car. The state’s landscapes start from the Atlantic ocean with wide and mesmerizing beaches to the calm and beautiful Appalachian mountains. North Carolina was the home to the Wright Brothers, the inventors of the airplane and thus fairly boasts about it with the state motto of ‘First in Flight’. North Carolina is an absolute delight to visit and must be on your list if you are planning to visit the country. To help you, we at Pepnewz have grouped up “15 Places In North Carolina That You Should Absolutely Visit”.

1. Blue Ridge Parkway


Also called as America’s favorite drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway is an absolute delight to the ones who love to drive. Americans being car lovers absolutely love the Parkway which connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. The parkway is known for the scenic delight that you receive while driving through the roads. Its architect, Stanley Abbott had a vision that the Parkway must be more than just a road to connect two cities. The parkway has a number of hiking trails and immense scenic beauty along its way. You can hire a rental and drive through the roads, hike and also camp along the way.

2. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the country’s most visited national park and also a must-see destination on North Carolina. The park boasts of its wild variety of plant and animal life. It is home to plants that bloom throughout the year which is a total delight for the eyes. The park has a number of rivers, streams with a number of waterfalls cutting through the lush green forests with a large variety of animal species in the view. The place is also the home to a variety of ancient homes and churches that provide a very interesting history of the place.

3. The Biltmore Estate


Another attraction in North Carolina you must see is The Biltmore Estate. Located in Asheville, North Carolina, the almost 7000 acres estate was built by William Vanderbilt as a summer estate in Asheville, where he used to frequently visit to meet his mother and to admire the scenic beauty of the place. At the center of the estate, the Vanderbilt mansion is the largest privately owned home in the USA. The place is a must visit and the mansion is an architectural masterpiece with a large variety of vintage items and paintings that can be viewed.

4. North Carolina Museum of Art


Located in Raleigh, the North Carolina Museum of Art houses over 40 galleries, an outdoor amphitheater, and a 164-acre park. Today, it houses a collection of articles spanning from 5,000 years old to some only 100 years old. This collection of historic articles include articles from Africa, Asia and the Sub Saharan regions other than those from America and Europe. The amphitheater is widely used for exhibitions and outdoor performances.

5. Linville Gorge and Falls


Located in the blue ridge mountains, The Linville Gorge is also known by many as the ‘Grand Canyon of the east’. The Linville Gorge is one 0f the deepest gorge in the eastern USA and is certainly one of the most diverse and beautiful in the world. The trail to the Gorge and the falls start from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The falls are almost 90 feet high surrounded by lush green forests and thus adding to its beauty.

6. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center


The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is a planetarium and science center located in the University Of North Carolina campus at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It served as a training center for astronauts from the year 1959 through 1975 and thus, is a very interesting place to visit.  The place has many permanent exhibits that are a very fun way to learn about the celestial bodies over an above the 15 planetarium shows showcased daily.

7. Dry Falls

Dry Falls

Located in the Nantahala National Forest, the falls get their name as they flow from a cliff allowing the tourists to walk behind it and hence keeping every spectator dry unlike the other waterfalls constantly showering water all around them. The white water from the falls is so clean and fast that it looks like a Veil from a wedding dress. The place is surrounded by forests and is a good place to camp. The beautiful falls offer many locations for you selfieholics to take awestriking pictures and this is a must-visit place in North Carolina.

8. Island Express Ferry Service


The Island Express Ferry Service is the only ferry service that is authorized to ferry people to the islands of Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout by the National Park Service. The Shackleford Banks is an uninhabited island famous for its herds of wild horses that roam freely on the island and is probably the only place in the United States where wild horses can still be seen in their natural habitat. Cape Lookout is famous for its old Cape Lookout Lighthouse Station that is a tourist spot. The place is also the spot to dozens of varieties of beautiful seashells to collect.

9. Battleship North Carolina


USS North Carolina was the lead ship of North Carolina-class battleship and the fourth warship in the U.S. Navy to be named for the State of North Carolina. Once one of the mightiest battleships in the world is now available for you to board at Wilmington North Carolina. The Greatest Weapon of one time can now be visited by the general public. You can board the ship look through the dining halls and the deck. Visiting this ship provides great knowledge and also feelings of adventure browsing through the artillery that was in use in the olden times.

10. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences


The North Carolina Museum Of Natural Sciences is the oldest museum in the state and focuses on the history of North Carolina. Located in Raleigh, it is the largest museum in of Natural Sciences in the southern USA and one of the largest in the world. The museum offers interactive learning with the help of a number of exhibits ranging from rainforests to the Arctic. The world’s only genuine skeleton of the Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur is kept in the museum in the Pre-historic North Carolina exhibit.

11. Elijah Mountain Gem Mine


Located in Hendersonville, North Carolina, this is a gem mine where you can mine for gemstones yourself. The mine offers mining tours where you are first instructed about the gemstones and they are free to go and mine yourself some gemstones that you can keep. The mined gemstones can be taken home as it or can be made into jewelry of your choice at the on-site shops. The gems mined include rubies, Quartz, Sapphires etc. it is a very fun place to visit full of adventure and fun.

12. Chimney Rock State Park


Located 25 miles from Asheville, this park sits at a staggering elevation of about 2200 ft above the ground. The State Park is home to a 315ft wall of granite that is not only marvelous but an absolute delight to the eyes of the tourist. The park also has hiking trails for all skill levels and also offers different levels of rock climbing. The park is also home to the Hickory Nut waterfalls which fall from a height of 400ft

13. Outer Banks


The Outer Banks is a 200 mile stretch of islands that act as a barrier between the Atlantic Ocean and the mainland. The island in themselves is a delight to watch with beautiful untouched landscapes and the wide sunsets strike you right in the heart. The place is also famous for Outer Banks Historic Centre and as the place where the English first tried to settle in the USA.

14. Cape Hatteras


The Cape Hatteras is the country’s first National Seashore that is the first preserved seashore. The most famous part of the cape is its beaches. The vast beaches are nesting grounds to a vast variety of sea turtles and also seals. The cape is also known for its variety of natural wildlife and birds that frequent the area. The Ocracoke lighthouse there is one of the oldest operational lighthouses being built in the year 1803. The lighthouse is not open to the public but can be seen from distance.

15. Charlotte


The largest city of North Carolina, Charlotte is also named as the ‘Queen City’. The city is especially popular among the car lovers being home to the ‘NASCAR Hall Of Fame’. The city also hosts a number of amusement parks being home to the world’s largest man-made whitewater park. The city also hosts a number of brilliant museums and the city aquarium is a delight. Overall it is a family-friendly place for those who want to live in the city and enjoy their holidays. If you are looking for riding holidays in Ireland visit us.

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