North Carolina

North Carolina Travel Guide

Thanks to the vast, varied geography and climate of the Southeastern state, North Carolina travel has something for all vacationers. From its flat, swampy Coastal Plain to the Piedmont region to the Blue Ridge Mountains, travel to North Carolina has plenty to offer: from hikes through the mountains to relaxing beach vacation on the coast.

Things Not to Miss in North Carolina

• Plan a trip in the fall to the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's the perfect time to take a hike along one of the hundreds of trails and enjoy the region’s amazing fall foliage.
 • Asheville is a great destination city if you want to check out the historic Biltmore Estate or sip a craft beer – the city is one of the top small-town brewery cities in the country.
 • If you’re using our North Carolina travel guide to plan your beach trip, investigate renting a house on the remote Outer Banks for a truly relaxing, remote beach getaway.

When to Go to North Carolina

Because the state’s climate is affected by altitude, when you visit North Carolina depends entirely on where you are going. The Gulf Stream keeps temperatures mild in the Southern coastal areas, while the cold Labrador Current from the North can make the state’s Northern area quite cold and snowy in winter.

Articles about North Carolina

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