Things to Do in North Carolina

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Summer sessions up to a month long are offered at Warren Wilson College’s archaeology field school, where adults and kids as young as 14 are put... Read More

The 1895 George Vanderbilt estate features 75 acres of gardens, which are bursting with hundreds of chrysanthemums through September. Read More

Superbly curated emporium of women’s designer clothing and accessories. Read More

The museum doubles as a de facto shrine to alum Michael Jordan (old jerseys included). Read More

Childress Vineyards, Yadkin’s newest winery, is owned by legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress and consists of a 65-acre vineyard and... Read More

Come November, tickets that haven’t been snapped up by students are available to the public. Read More

In season (if you’ve bought tickets far in advance), catch the Tar Heels playing basketball at the University of North Carolina. Read More

The half-timbered, pointy-roofed bakery makes its own doughnuts in the mornings, served outside on a sunny deck. Read More

See real pirate relics, including artifacts from what’s believed to be Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge. There's also a Civil... Read More

Buzz over town in a WWII-era biplane. Or, for an even more thrilling adventure, take wing yourself with a hang glider over Kitty Hawk’s powdery... Read More

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Kids will love searching for real emeralds and sapphires at the mines. Read More

Buzz over town in a WWII-era biplane. Or, for an even more thrilling adventure, take wing yourself with a hang glider over Kitty Hawk’s powdery... Read More

Then look for your perfect spot to sun worship, beneath the dunes. Read More

Every May, a team of 200 actors and designers put together a theatrical imagining of Roanoke’s doomed 16th-century settlement. Read More

Take part in hands-on science exhibits or catch a space show where the first NASA astronauts trained. Read More

Summer squalls churn up everything from tiny, butterfly-like coquinas to Scotch bonnets on the North Point, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore,... Read More

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Explore the underwater wrecks—most of which lie at depths of 90 feet or more—with expert guidance. Snorkeling trips are also available for... Read More

Catch the classic movie of the week at the vintage-1960s theater. Read More

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The gallery is owned by Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former senator John Edwards. Read More

The largest family-owned winery in North Carolina, and sponsors a concert series on its 200-acre estate every summer. Read More

Sitting squarely atop Mount McAlpine in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sky Top is aptly named—with an elevation of 2,900 feet, it's one of the highest... Read More

Friday evenings in the summer, relax with free concerts by local musicians. Read More

Bar in a renovated bank. This lively bar occupies a former Wells Fargo bank. The owners kept the bulletproof teller windows and the main vault, where... Read More

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