North Carolina Top 10 Attractions

With the Atlantic Ocean to the east, North Carolina features plenty of shoreline for visitors to enjoy with water activities, sunbathing, or simply relaxing on the beach. The state's long history means that you can find important historic sites from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. The changing seasons mean that you can warm up in the spring in North Carolina by visiting mountains or coastal retreats. There are also vineyards for adults to enjoy and theme parks geared to guests of all ages. Visiting during the spring or summer gives you the bonus of being able to attend a world-famous music festival, but no matter when you visit, check out these top 10 attractions in North Carolina:

1: Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate
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Explore history, culture and everything about living the high life. You can take the family through a guided audio tour of the house. If you are an architecture enthusiast, you can go on the 60-minute tour to take a closer look at the design and construction of the house. Don't forget to spend a few hours exploring their winery and sample some of the best wines North Carolina has to offer.

Address: 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803

2: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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The Great Smoky Mountains is America’s most visited National Park. Take one trip to the park and you’ll immediately see why. Great Smoky Mountains is located on the North Carolina-Tennessee border. It’s home to some of the most diverse groups of plants and wildlife in the world. But that’s not all you’ll find. There’s a wealth of natural beauty including the Southern Appalachian mountain range, numerous valleys and vistas, and lush forests. That’s not to mention the 150 hiking trails with 800 miles of walkable land. This might just be the perfect American park.

Address: 107 Park Headquarters Rd, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37738

3: USS North Carolina Battleship

USS North Carolina Battleship
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There’s no denying the impact the USS North Carolina Battleship had on World War II. This esteemed vessel has a laundry list of accolades. It traveled over 300,000 miles, carried out nine shore bombardments, demolished 24 aircrafts, and even sunk a troopship. Commissioned in 1941, this ship was once thought to be the world’s greatest sea weapon. Thousands of men proudly served aboard the North Carolina. You can honor them with a trip to this legendary warship. During a tour, you’ll learn more about its esteemed history and walk in the footsteps of American heroes.

Address: 1 Battleship Rd NE, Wilmington, NC 28401

4: Museum of Life and Science

Museum of Life and Science
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This museum is the perfect place to take your children. Here they can enjoy some of the highly interactive displays where they get to learn, explore and discover all about Planet Earth and beyond. You can enroll them in some of their day camps and classes while you and your wife have a leisurely meal at the cafe.

Address: 433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704

5: North Carolina Zoo

North Carolina Zoo
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The North Carolina Zoo known as one of the country's largest natural habitat zoo. Here you will get to see exotic wildlife situated through five miles of the park's trails. Spend about 4 to 6 hours here where your children will squeal with delight as they get up close and personal with the zoo's 1,600 animals from 225 different species.

Address: 4401 Zoo Pkwy, Asheboro, NC 27205

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