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Written by Carl Hedinger

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Amazing North Carolina Destinations

You’re doing well by choosing to visit North Carolina. It’s home to many wonderful things to do, eat, and see. With so many options in the Tar Heel State, it’s hard to figure out just where to start. Don’t worry, because these amazing North Carolina destinations are exactly where one should start when planning your next trip.


Wilmington is a popular port town with tons of fun things to do for all travelers. Outdoor activities are everywhere and if you have an adventurous bone in your body, Wilmington has everything from kayaking to scuba diving. Relax after the adventure with some locally caught seafood by the beach or venture into Wilmington’s historic downtown. This is just a few of the fun things to do in Wilmington so you’d better plan for a long stay!


Greensboro’s collection of hits includes the Bog Garden and BurMil Park but there’s so much more on nice weather days. Summer visitors love Wet N Wild Emerald Pointe and if the weather doesn’t cooperate, head to the Greensboro Science Center for the kids or even yourself. Enjoy the tons of interactive learning opportunities on hand and if you’re searching for something more low-key, spend an evening at the Barn Dinner Theatre eating and enjoying a show put on by local actors!


Spend some time walking around the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh and have some of that iconic North Carolina barbecue at the Pit afterward. The Neuse River Trail is a great way to walk all that food off but if you feel like sticking to the city, head to N.C. State University for the JC Raulston Arboretum and its beautiful collection. Go to PNC Arena and see the Carolina Hurricanes, N.C. State Basketball, or one of the many events coming through the area.


Come to Durham and spend the fall and winter months watching Duke and UNC in nearby Chapel Hill challenge the NCAA basketball world for supremacy. When it warms up outside, visit Sarah P. Duke Gardens and Durham’s quaint, historic downtown. Get outside by the Eno River and if you’re up for some indoor entertainment, check the Carolina Theatre for the latest shows in town. If you want more details on things to do in Durham, check out this guide by yours truly!


Drive to Asheville via the Blue Ridge Parkway and prepare for some of America’s most beautiful scenery. Settle in and walk around the famed Biltmore Estate, enjoying its accompanying gardens that amaze even the most seasoned visitors. After spending an afternoon in the Downtown Asheville Arts District, grab a beer at Highland Brewing Company to sit back and think about your time in North Carolina’s coolest small town.

No matter when you plan to visit the Tar Heel State, be ready for an absolutely fun and fulfilling trip. I guarantee that you’ll enjoy North Carolina so much that it could turn into your permanent home. Just wait and see after checking out everything that North Carolina has to offer! Enjoy your trip and tell your friends about these amazing North Carolina destinations.

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About the author

Carl Hedinger

I’m a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family’s travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  • I’ve been to both Asheville and Wilmington more than once. Each city has a lot of personality and so many fun things to do. The NC Battleship that’s in Wilmington is well worth the tour. I didn’t think I would like it at all, but was absolutely won over.

    • Thanks, Jeri. I’ll definitely be checking Wilmington out in more detail during the summer:)

      Asheville is probably my favorite place to drive through but hey, I’m stuck on Durham these days. It’s awesome in so many ways!