State Overview

Beauty Amplified

North Carolina warmly invites you in, captivates your imagination and makes it nearly impossible not to take hold. From the highest mountains in the eastern United States, to 300 miles (483 km) of pristine coastline, to quaint small towns and vibrant city life, you’ll be surrounded by a whole new level of beauty.

In the mountains, explore breathtaking views while hiking, camping, rafting and ziplining. Gaze in awe at fall colors that peak from September to November while driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway or marvel at one of our 250+ waterfalls. You can also travel back in time with a visit to America’s largest home, the historic Biltmore estate in Asheville.

In central North Carolina, sample wine at dozens of vineyards, tee off at Pinehurst No. 2, and experience the home of NASCAR. Foodies can indulge in culinary delights from James Beard nominees and barbecue pitmasters alike. And those looking for nightlife will enjoy our cities filled with entertainment and culture, like Raleigh’s booming music scene or Greensboro’s historic downtown.

Along the coast, dive into water sports, climb historic lighthouses, and savor Calabash seafood. Or see wild horses frolic through Currituck and the Outer Banks, board the historic Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, and find the catch of a lifetime off a pier at Carolina Beach.

Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, mountains or beaches, the rhythm of city life or the tranquility of nature, your stay in North Carolina will definitely stay with you. Discover more at VisitNC.com