The Biltmore Estate is one of America’s most unique private estates and is where the largest home in America is located. In addition to the splendid rooms within the house, which you can explore and tour, there are also over 8,000 acres of grounds to look around either on foot or on horseback. Adjacent to the estate is the Antler Hill Village which contains superb dining opportunities as well as shopping and historical exhibits from the region.
Charlotte - experience the great views at Chimney Rock State Park
Perched way above Hickory Nut Gorge Chimney rock has been offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside for over 100 years. Over the years different facilities have been added to the site to make visiting more enjoyable and fun. In 2010 the trails were upgraded to make the trip to the summit of Chimney Rock more accessible. The rock is located within the North Carolina State Park and offers some of the best views to be seen og the surrounding countryside.
Charlotte - visit the NASCAR hall of fame
NASCAR is an American institution up there with baseball and American Football and the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte opened in 2010 to share its history and to bring the experience of NASCAR closer to the general public. There are over 50 interactive exhibits to enjoy, including racing simulators and pit crew equipment. Along with details of all the inductees in to the Hall of Fame there are also several historic cars to look at as well as more recent variants of the NASCAR franchise.
Durham - take the family out to Little River Regional Park
Little River Regional Park in Orange County offers great opportunities for family picnicking and for those taking part to enjoy and marvel at the beauty of the region. With over 7 miles of biking and cycling trails, a bird trail and a butterfly farm you can be sure to find something to keep every member of the family interested. There are camping facilities available nearbyand over 390 acres of woodland and meadowland to explore. The park is exceptionally, especially beautiful in the fall, when the trees turn magnificent shades of red, orange and brown.
Greensboro - take a walking tour of historical downtown area
There has been a town at Greensboro for over 230 years, making it one of the oldest setttlements in North Carolina. A walking tour around downtown, allows you the opportunity to look back over its history and take in the breathtaking architecture. It is filled with museums, historic buildings as well as over 1,000 retail shops and businesses. Look out for the Blandwood Mansion as well as the Children’s Museum and Cultural Center, and try to make some time to look around their interiors.
Raleigh - explore the State Capitol
The State Capitol of every state is impressive but completed in 1840 the building that once housed the North Carolina legislature is the best example of Greek revival architecture in the United Sates. It cost over 3 times the State’s annual income, to build at the time so it is no wonder that it is so well preserved. Tours of the grand insides are available but should be booked at least 2 weeks in advance. During the tour you will likely see the Rotunda, Governor’s office, which is simple yet beautiful. .
Raleigh - learn through play at the Marbles Kids Museum
The people that run the Marbles Museum in Raleigh believe that the best way to learn is through play, so therfore nearly all of the exhibits in this remarkable museum are interactive. There is a reduced sized town for the kids to play as mayor or chief of police, an area where you can learn about the power of water, and even an area when they can use their imaginations to make buildings and vehicles of the future.
Statesville - tour the Fort Dobbs historic site
North Carolina was in the forefront of the French and Indian War between 1754 and 1763 and the Fort Dobbs State Historic Site is the only remaining location in the state that pays tribute to this period. Tours of the site show you the remains of the fort, its water well, plus there is a replica log cabin, which houses a gift shop. For a really exciting day out visit when one the many re-enactments of the attack by the Cherokees on the fort take place, and relive the “Last of the Mohicans”.
Wilmington - view and smell the flowers at Airlie Gardens
At over 100 years old the Airlie Gardens in Wilmington have been an important sanctuary for flowers and also wildlife. Located by the sea there are a range of themed gardens, sculptures, walking trails and historic buildings to discover and explore. With over 67 acres of gardens and 10 acres of freshwater lakes there is something here for everyone. The gardens are particularly renowned for their collection of over 10,000 Azaleas which are at their best when they are in bloom between winter and early spring.
Winston-Salem - snap at picture at the Shell gas station
Back in the 1930’s the Quality Oil Company built 8 unique gas service stations in the shape of a large shell, representing the company whose oil they were selling – Shell Oil. Over the years 7 of these were demolished and the last remaining one can be found in Winston-Salem and is now home to the North Carolina State Preservation Society where you can learn about its history and other interesting places in the area to visit. This is a good opportunity to have a photograph taken in front of this unusual, original, well preserved structure.
Introduction of North Carolina
The state of North Carolina is located in the United States' southeastern part on the Atlantic Seaboard and offers travellers a huge spectrum of fascinating things to see and do, from the mountainous regions to the beach areas. All over the district the scenery is stunning. Hotels in North Carolina can be found in the main cities such as Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, Charlotte, Burlington, Concord, Wilmington and Fayetteville. Visitors will also find plenty of accommodations, motels, motor lodges, inns, campsites as well as bed and breakfast establishments throughout the rural regions. Most of the four-star and five-star rated establishments can be booked in advance via one of the numerous online reservation services, which often offer the most lucrative deals. The state is rich in history boasting many historical monuments and landmarks while recreational outdoor activities are widely available as well. Coastal North Carolina attracts many beach lovers.
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