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TOP 25 ATTRACTIONS IN NORTH CAROLINA


Chimney Rock State Park Mingus Mill, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Sliding Rock, Pisgah State Forest

Welcome to the Bigroads.com guide to the top 25 attractions in North Carolina!

The list below represents our opinionated selections for the top 25 attractions in the state of North Carolina. Please take note that this list is sorted alphabetically (and not by quality or rank).

This list is part of our top 25 USA attractions series.


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ATTRACTION NAME ATTRACTION TYPE TOWN / CITY WHAT MAKES THIS ATTRACTION SO GREAT?
Airborne & Special Operations Museum Military Museum Fayetteville exhibits, dioramas and artifacts of elite soldiers
Battleship North Carolina Boat Museum / Military Museum Wilmington tour a huge 1941 battleship
Biltmore Estate, The Historic Home Tours / Garden Asheville excellent tours of the largest private home in USA
Blue Ridge Parkway Scenic Drive / Scenic Views Multiple towns 469-mile scenic drive offering many diversions
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Nature Park / Beach / Beach Driving Multiple towns uncrowded beaches on a barrier island
Cape Lookout National Seashore Nature Park / Beach / Wildlife Viewing Multiple towns 58 miles of wild beaches on 2 islands
Chimney Rock State Park Geologic Attractions / Scenic Views / Hiking Trails Chimney Rock interesting geologic formations & far-reaching views
DuPont State Recreational Forest Waterfalls / Scenic Views / Hiking Trails Multiple towns great nature park with waterfalls, trails & views
Durham Performing Arts Center Theater / Concerts Durham one of the top indoor performing arts theaters in US
Fort Macon State Park Historic Fort Atlantic Beach visit an early 1800s coastal fort
Grandfather Mountain / Swinging Bridge Bridge / Scenic Views Linville suspension bridges, hiking trails, scenic views
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views / Historic Homesteads Great Smoky Mtns NP old-growth forests, views, historic cabins & more
Jockey's Ridge State Park Sand Dunes / Hang Gliding / Sunset Viewing Nags Head supposedly the natural sand dunes on the East Coast
Marbles Kids Museum Children's Museum Raleigh excellent children's museum
Mount Mitchell State Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Burnsville drive or hike to the highest mountain on East Coast
Museum of Life & Science Science Museum / Natural History Museum Durham great museum with a special butterfly conservatory
Nantahala Outdoor Center ("NOC") Whitewater Rafting / Kayak Tours / Zip-Lining Bryson City one of the great adventure centers of the U.S.A.
North Carolina Museum of Art Art Museum Raleigh one of the best art museums in the southern US
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Natural History Museum / Dinosaur Museum Raleigh largest natural history museum in the Southeast
Pisgah National Forest Hiking Trails / Scenic Views / Waterfalls Multiple towns of the premier national forests of the East
Pullen Park Urban/City Park / Carousel / Railroad Raleigh drive or hike to the highest mountain east
Sarah P. Duke Gardens Botanical Garden Durham beautiful gardens with miles of trails
U.S. National Whitewater Center Rafting/Kayaking / Aerial Adventure Park Charlotte has an artificial whitewater rafting course
Wheels Through Time Transport. Museum Auto Museum / Motorcycle Museum Maggie Valley one of the best transportation museums in the USA
Wright Brothers National Memorial Monument Kill Devil Hills site of the first successful powered plane flight

Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock State Park

Mingus Mill, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Mingus Mill, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Sliding Rock, Pisgah State Forest
Sliding Rock, Pisgah State Forest

Max Patch, Pisgah State Forest
Max Patch, Pisgah State Forest

Biltmore Estate, Asheville
Biltmore Estate, Asheville

gardens at the Biltmore Estate, Asheville
gardens at the Biltmore Estate, Asheville

RUNNER-UPS: ATTRACTIONS THAT ALMOST MADE THE TOP 25 LIST



Here are a list of other great attractions in the state of North Carolina that we considered for the top 25 list above. Please email us @ gparsons66@hotmail.com if you think there are any other attractions of this quality that we should be considering, either for this runners-up list or for the top 25 attractions list itself.

ATTRACTION NAME ATTRACTION TYPE TOWN / CITY
Billy Graham Library History Museum / Religious Attraction / Library Charlotte
Bodie Island Lighthouse Lighthouse Nags Head
Canopy Ridge Farm Aerial Adventure Park / Zip-Lining Lake Lure
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Lighthouse Buxton
Carolina Beach State Park Beach Carolina Beach
Carova Beach Beach Corolla
Carowinds Amusement Park Charlottesville
Charlotte Motor Speedway Race Track / NASCAR Concord
Cherohala Skyway Scenic Drive Multiple towns
Currituck Beach Lighthouse Lighthouse Corolla
Discovery Place Children's Museum Charlotte
Dry Falls Waterfall Highlands
Duke University College / University Durham
French Broad Rafting and Ziplines Whitewater Rafting / Aerial Adventure Park / Zip-Lining Marshall
Gorges State Park Hiking Trails / Waterfalls Sapphire
Greensboro Science Center Science Museum Greensboro
Hammocks Beach State Park Beach / Canoeing / Kayaking Swansboro
Hanging Rock State Park Geologic Attractions / Scenic Views / Waterfalls Danbury
Highlands Aerial Park Aerial Adventure Park / Zip-Lining Scaly Mountain
Historic District Historic District / Shopping Wilmington
International Civil Rights Center & Museum History Museum / Civil Rights History Site Greensboro
Jennette's Pier Ocean Pier Nags Head
Linville Gorge / Linville Gorge Wilderness Waterfalls Marion
Looking Glass Falls Waterfall Brevard
Looking Glass Rock Geologic Attraction / Scenic Views Brevard
Max Patch Mountain / Hiking Trails / Scenic Views / Sunset Viewing Hot Springs
Mingo Falls Waterfall Cherokee
Museum of the Cherokee Indian History Museum / Native American Attraction Cherokee
NASCAR Hall of Fame Sports Museum / NASCAR / Hall of Fame Museum Charlotte
Navitat Aerial Adventure Park / Zip-Lining Bardardsville
North Carolina Aquarium Aquarium Manteo
North Carolina Aquarium Aquarium Kure Beach
North Carolina Aquarium Aquarium Pine Knoll Shores
North Carolina Arboretum, The Arboretum Asheville
North Carolina Maritime Museum Maritime Museum Beaufort
North Carolina Zoo Zoo Asheboro
Oconaluftee Indian Village Living History Museum / Native American Attraction Cherokee
Old Salem Museums & Gardens Living History Museum Winston Salem
Pilot Mountain State Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Pinnacle
Sliding Rock Waterfall / Natural Waterslide Brevard
Stone Mountain State Park Geologic Attraction / Hiking Trails / Waterfalls Roaring Gap
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts Theater Wilmington
Tryon Palace Historic Home Tours New Bern
Tweetsie Railroad Railroad Blowing Rock
Whiteside Mountain Mountain / Geologic Attraction / Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Highlands
Whitewater Falls (Upper Falls) Waterfall Sapphire

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