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

There were plenty of reasons Durham, North Carolina, was on our list of best places to travel in 2015. One of those reasons: the opening of The Durham, a 53-room hotel set in a mid-century Home Savings Bank building. James Beard Award winner Andre...
There were plenty of reasons Durham, North Carolina, was on our list of best places to travel in 2015. One of those reasons: the opening of The Durham, a 53-room hotel set in a mid-century Home Savings Bank building. James Beard Award winner Andre...
With an intense focus on conservation and sustainability, the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina touts itself as the "greenest" hotel in America. And the title is well-earned. Not only was the Proximity the first hotel ever to be certif...
With an intense focus on conservation and sustainability, the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina touts itself as the "greenest" hotel in America. And the title is well-earned. Not only was the Proximity the first hotel ever to be certif...
You probably already know the worst airports for delays. They’ve been the same for years: Newark, LaGuardia JFK and San Francisco.When the government finally got around to reporting its annual delay statistics for 2014 a few days ago, we saw those...
You probably already know the worst airports for delays. They’ve been the same for years: Newark, LaGuardia JFK and San Francisco.When the government finally got around to reporting its annual delay statistics for 2014 a few days ago, we saw those...
For Radmila Karlić, a day’s work means leading her dogs into the dense Motovun forest of Istria, Croatia, to hunt for truffles. She carries a small shovel, ready to dig up the edible treasures the dogs sniff at the roots of the towering oak trees....
Pursuing a life as close to nature as possible would have been madness to the seventeenth-century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes, who sensed “continual fear and danger” in such an existence. Hobbes felt certain it would be “poor, nasty, brutish...
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On its way from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail passes through 14 states. The most demanding stretch, and possibly the most beautiful, is the 70 miles in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. The Smokies have more flow...