North Carolina

North Carolina may be a small state but its packed to the borders with incredible natural beauty, exciting activities and an all-American culture. First up you’ve got the biggest city in North Carolina, Charlotte - home of NASCAR racing and enough outdoor parks to picnic every day. Here you’ll find incredible amusement parks like the famous rollercoasters of Carowinds or the huge waterslides of Ray’s Splash Planet. You’ve also got the beautiful Catawba River here where you can try your hand at kayaking or canoeing, rock climbing and camping. If you’re into sports, you’ve of course got the adrenaline buzzing races of NASCAR, as well as the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Hendrick Motorsports Complex. If you’re more into baseball than fast cars, the BB&T Ballpark and The Bank of America Stadium are fantastic places to catch a ballgame.

While Charlotte is the biggest, the capital city of North Carolina is actually Raleigh. Here you’ll find the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences with its interactive exhibits and hands on kids’ displays. Next up is the North Carolina Museum of Art where you’ll see African, America, European, classical and contemporary artists like Rodin, Giotto and Gainsborough. There’s even a 164-acre park combining art with nature. If that’s not enough, the North Carolina Museum of History is filed with wondrous exhibits, or the Marbles Kids Museum is a great family choice for its multiple themed rooms which get kids playing and learning at the same time.

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Over in Asheville, there’s Blue Ridge Parkway, a stunning natural park complete with waterfalls perfect for taking a cooling dip and some of the most beautiful views in all of America. If you’re a hiking enthusiast, you’ll also want to spend some time in the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains National Park which borders North Carolina and Tennessee. Asheville is also home to the Biltmore Estate, a beautiful mansion and gardens covering thousands of acres of ornamental gardens and elegance which is open for public tours.

Near the coast, we recommend the fascinating Manteo’s Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island where you can learn the mysterious colonial tale of this historic landmark. The islands around here are perfect for some swimming or relaxing, or even hang gliding over the dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. If you’re an outdoors type, you’ll love North Carolina, but there’s also plenty going on indoors to suit any traveller’s tastes. A holiday to North Carolina is fun, full of fascinating facts and packed to the brim with wet and wild encounters.

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10 facts about North Carolina

1.

North Carolina consists of 100 counties. Two of its largest cities, Charlotte and Raleigh, are in the top ten fastest growing in America.

2.

On Grandfather Mountain there is a one-mile-high swinging rope bridge. It’s the highest of its kind in America – do you dare to cross it?

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Charlotte boasts over 17,600 acres of parkland complete with hiking trails, playgrounds, water features and cycle hire to name just a few activities.

4.

The Wright Brothers achieved their first powered flights on Bodie Island. There is a museum there as well as sailing, surfing, fishing and scenic lighthouses.

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The famous pirate, Blackbeard, was known to visit North Carolina and sunk one of his finest ships just off the coast in the "Graveyard of the Atlantic".

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Charlotte is the home of NASCAR and its biggest sporting attraction. The most popular race is the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October.

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North Carolina grows more sweet potatoes than any other American state. Don’t miss a taste of some homegrown sweet potato chips!

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The Biltmore Estate was built by a Dutch millionaire and is the largest house is America covering a gigantic 8,000 acres of land.

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In Transylvania County you’ll find the splendid Whitewater Falls. One of 200 waterfalls in North Carolina, it is the highest in the east of the United States.

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The first miniature golf course was built in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Nowadays there are plenty more to choose from!

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