North Carolina Things to Do

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North Carolina Things to Do

  • Uptown Architecture and Sights

    Charlotte Things to Do

    Boston may lay claim to revolutionary heritage that includes Paul Revere, but the Queen City of Charlotte has its own midnight rider in Captain Jack. There are many folks around these parts who believe that independence from the redcoats was born here in Charlotte on May 20, 1775. A local group named the May 20th Society, has developed Charlotte’s...

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  • Biltmore Estate

    Asheville Things to Do

    On our second day in the Asheville/Waynesville area we planned our day around visiting Biltmore Manor. After our great breakfast including desert at our Bed and Breakfast about 20 miles away in Waynesville, we bought our tickets online to save a little time and money when we arrived and took the 30 minute drive to Biltmore. There are plenty of...

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  • The Battleship North Carolina

    Wilmington Things to Do

    Spend a morning or afternoon touring the historic Battleship North Carolina, a memorial to the 10,000 North Carolinians who died in WWII. It survived a torpedo in 1942 and has been in Wilmington since 1961. You can visit most of the ship, including the crew's quarters, galley, sick bay, gun turrets, engine room, plotting rooms, radio central, the...

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  • Franklin Street

    Chapel Hill Things to Do

    RIOT? Celebrating a National Championship in Basketball? Just getting drunk going from bar to bar? Or just doing some shopping during the day? Franklin Street is ‘THE’ street in Chapel Thrill. I got caught up in 2 riots and 1 National Championship on the street. Almost all the best restaurants are here too. The Starting point is really the corner...

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  • The Outer Banks

    North Carolina Things to Do

    Kitty Hawk (more accurately Kill Devil Hills) is the spot where the Wright brothers took their perfected flyer to and conducted the first succesful flight on December 17th , 1903. The site has a large monument, markers of the landing points of the first days flights and a museum dedicated to commerating the event.

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  • Carowinds & Amusement Parks

    Charlotte Things to Do

    Boomerang Bay at Carowinds is a really cool water park, with something for 'kids' of all ages and heights, including splash parks/play areas from zero-depth and wading-pool-depth for smaller kids to tube rides ranging from lazy-river-type floats through all levels of water slides and wave pools for all sizes. Everyone can find something to do here!...

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  • Orton Plantation

    Wilmington Things to Do

    This beautiful plantation is currently not open to the public. Louis Moore Bacon, a descendant of the family that built the property, bought Orton Plantation late in 2010. It has been closed for renovations since June 2010.

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  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    North Carolina Things to Do

    We have taken the Blue Ridge Parkway South from Roanoke VA but this time we went north from Ashville North Carolina. It was Dec '09 and freezing, but so pretty to see all the icicles hanging from the rocks. Just beware as at times some of the parkway can be closed due to bad road conditions. We made it about 2 hours north of Ashville before we had...

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  • Museums

    Charlotte Things to Do

    Attempting to get up close and personal with airplanes on the tarmac these days can result in an interrogation by federal agents (or worse). Avoid any confrontation and visit the Carolinas Aviation Museum, instead: The Perfect Family Outing Located at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, this museum hosts dozens of aircraft that have...

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  • The Cotton Exchange

    Wilmington Things to Do

    the cotton exchange is a collection of eight historic buildings on water and front streets. these buildings once housed a cotton exchange, a flour mill. a printing company, and a seed merchant. today the cotton exchange is a collection of restaurants and shops. for shopping and dining the cotton exchange is worth a visit when in downtown...

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  • Lighthouses

    North Carolina Things to Do

    Built in 1872 this lighthouse lives in the shadow of its more famous neighbor, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. This lighthouse was decommisioned by the Coast guard and turned over to the park service in 2000.

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  • Public Art

    Charlotte Things to Do

    Thanks to the Charlotte Arts and Science Council’s (ASC) Public Art Walking Tour, residents and visitors alike can take advantage of a free, specially developed nine block walking tour of Charlotte’s Uptown featuring twenty-three art-works by eighteen different artists. A detailed map and custom developed podcast featuring extensive artwork...

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  • Latimer House

    Wilmington Things to Do

    The Latimer House is a bit difference because you don't just tour the inside, it's a meeting place for you to take walking tours of the downtown area. In addition to being open for tourists, it's home to the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society. At the website you'll see that there are a range of events planned through this group almost each weekend....

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  • Biltmore Estate

    North Carolina Things to Do

    When going to Asheville, touring the Biltmore Estate is a must see! Especially at Christmas time. I know alot of people think it can be quite pricey. But if you live in North Carolina or in a nearby neighboring state, consider buying the yearly pass. Shortly after going there, we got great coupons in the mail, to take our friends for free. Plus...

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  • Historic Fourth Ward

    Charlotte Things to Do

    Had a GREAT day today! Went to Discovery Place to check out the Body World exhibit, then watched an IMAX movie there. Walked a block down the street to have some microbrewed beer and a quick lunch at Rock Bottom Brewery, then took a nice horse-drawn carriage ride through the Historic Fouth Ward. The carriage rides started right outside Discovery...

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  • The Cape Fear Museum

    Wilmington Things to Do

    I've only been in the museum once or twice. You can see some pretty interesting artifacts that are relevant to the area and for the Michael Jordan fans, there's a little display of pictures of his early playing days (he graduated from Wilmington Laney High) and for some odd reason, one of his report cards.

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  • Smokey Mountains

    North Carolina Things to Do

    The Smoky Mountains are one of, if not the biggest tourist destination in North Carolina. The mountains, while small, are covered in a layer of haze that give them their smoky experience. The national park that bears their name is the most visited park of all. Its a spectacular park filled with hiking trails, wildlife and other interesting sights....

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  • Parks

    Charlotte Things to Do

    Reedy Creek Park & Nature Preserve is a Mecklenburg County Park in northeast Charlotte. Initially, the land for the park was purchased by the City of Charlotte, but transferred to the county when the two parks departments merged. Later, it was separated into two parks - Reedy Creek Park and Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. The park has picnic shelters,...

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  • Wilmington's City Hall/Thalian...

    Wilmington Things to Do

    this beautiful greek revival building was built in 1858. thalian hall was designed by architect john m. trimble. over the years this building has served as wilmington's city hall, opera house, and is currently wilmington's center for performing arts. thalian hall is open to the public by tour or you can attend a performance at the hall. thalian...

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  • Cherokee

    North Carolina Things to Do

    Cherokee NC is a sort of touristy town just south of the Smokey Mountain park, and part of the Cherokee Reservation. There are a lot of souvenir stores, but we like it. Around the 4th of July , the have a Pow Wow. We went one year, and enjoyed it a lot, especially my daughter , who's one great grandmother was supposedly Cherokee. There is also the...

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  • Performing Arts/Theaters

    Charlotte Things to Do

    MAJOR CHANGES FOR FIRST TUESDAY CONCERTS IN FALL OF 2012 Charlotte Chamber Music has merged with the Bechtler Museum. The first Tuesday of each month during the school year (September through May), the Bechtler/Charlotte Chamber Music combine presents an opportunity for "...Exhilaration in Under an Hour" in uptown Charlotte by sponsoring free 45...

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  • First Presbyterian Church

    Wilmington Things to Do

    the first presbyterian church is one of several historic churches in downtown wilmington. the first presbyterian church was established in 1785. the first church was built in 1818, the second church in 1821 and the third church in 1861. the first three presbyterian churches were destroyed by fire. the current presbyterian church was built in 1928....

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  • Beaches

    North Carolina Things to Do

    North Carolina has a whole coastline of beaches, which we rarely see because we are in the InterCoastal Waterway. That's because the North Carolina Atlantic coast is so hazardous for boating. This past winter we saw the beaches along the northern barrier islands of the Outer Banks from Corolla to Ocracoke. One morning I got up at sunrise to take...

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  • Lake Norman

    Charlotte Things to Do

    Lake Norman is growning by leaps and bounds!! It is a great place to hang out in the summer time and a nice place if you choose to live there. It's about 30 minutes from Charlotte (with I-77 traffic) The Catawba Queen is a old Mississippi boat that you can take up and down the lake.

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  • Pisgah National Forest

    North Carolina Things to Do

    These are the foothills of the Smokies. Some of the more spectacular and interesting sights are the Blue Ridge Parkway, Looking Glass Rock, Looking Glass Falls, Devil's Courthouse, and the Cradle of Forestry. Address is for the Pisgah Ranger District.

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  • The Mountains

    Charlotte Things to Do

    Take a day-trip to Asheville Asheville is a mountain city less than 2 hours from Charlotte (hop on I-85 westbound to 26 to Asheville). It is a beautiful location with a rich literary community and tons of arts and crafts. It is right along the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, which is one of the prettiest drives anywhere in the country. In Asheville,...

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  • Chimney Rock

    North Carolina Things to Do

    This privately owned park in the Appalachians Range is worth a visit for the admission fee of $14 per person. Portions of the "Last of the Mohicans" movie were filmed on this location. A shaft carved in the rock houses the elevator that takes atop Chimney Rock formation, from which the view is superb. From here, the Skyline Cliff trail leads to the...

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  • Sports

    Charlotte Things to Do

    The Carolina Panthers play in Bank of America Stadium in downtown Charlotte. This is a nice, new stadium with great views and probably the best selection of beer I have ever seen at a professional sports venue. They also had a huge restaurant selection from local JRR's barbecue to Wendy's, Subway, and Dominoes. Face value for our pre-season...

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  • Battleship North Carolina

    North Carolina Things to Do

    The USS North Carolina was a battleship that was in service during World War II. Upon decomissioning (retirement), the US Government threatened to scrap the battleship and use the metal acquired to make other things. However, a big push by the locals and thousands of pennies donated by local schoolchildren saved this historic ship. Onboard, you...

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  • Churches

    Charlotte Things to Do

    Thompson park is located on East 3rd Street in downtown Charlotte, and is home to St. Mary's Chapel. (I was married at this chapel!) St. Mary's Chapel is open to the public each Friday from noon till four, so that's the best time to visit the park. The chapel has been around since 1892, and was originally built for Thompson's Orphanage. Now it is a...

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  • Uptown Charlotte

    North Carolina Things to Do

    I remember when I was little going to Charlotte was awesome. It was our "big city." The three hour drive took forever for a child, but the treat was seeing the big "skyscraper" with the crown in downtown Charlotte from far away. :-) Charlotte is a clean, fun, new city. Carowinds, Discovery Place, Lake Norman, and the nearby speedway are all things...

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  • Mount Mitchell

    North Carolina Things to Do

    Mount Mitchell is the highest point east of the Mississippi river. It is part of the Black Mountain chain of the Blue ridge mountains. It can be approached by driving to a parking lot a few hundred feet from the peak or via a 2 mile trail from the old park office

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  • Duke University

    North Carolina Things to Do

    I used to work here. It's a great place, nicknamed the "Harvard of the South." You have both the campus and the Medical Center side-by-side. West Campus is where the picture you see was taken. Because I used to work there, I was able to access places the public can not. This picture was taken at one of those places, so you are very privledged to...

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  • Wilmington's Historic District

    North Carolina Things to Do

    This was one of our favourite towns on our tour of North Carolina. It has an easy, laid-back charm and wears its history very unselfconsciously. Its downtown area (more than 300 blocks of which are on the National Register of Historic Places) has some interesting shops, especially in the Cotton Exchange building, and a great coffee bar (Port City...

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  • North Carolina Zoo

    North Carolina Things to Do

    Locate roughly halfway between Raleigh and Charlotte in Asheboro, North Carolina, you'll find one of the larger zoos in the country. The North Carolina Zoological park currently has an Africa and North America area containing animals indigenous to those regions. An Australia exhibit is set to open in the spring of 2004.

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  • Lake Lure

    North Carolina Things to Do

    This was a very pleasant spot in which to break our drive between Charlotte and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s a man-made lake, which National Geographic has called one of the most beautiful in the world. Set at the foot of Chimney Rock in Hickory Nut Gorge the lake is long and not very wide. Many people appeared to have lovely homes on the...

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  • Raleigh

    North Carolina Things to Do

    Raleigh is North Carolina's state capital and is a point of the Research Triangle (N.C. State, U.N.C. Chapel Hill, and Duke University). There are all kinds of high-technology and educational jobs here.

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  • Noteworthy Museums

    North Carolina Things to Do

    The Wright Brothers National Monument has a monument, an air strip, a recreation of the Wright Brother's camp, and a visitor center which houses exhibits including reproductions of their wind tunnel, the 1902 glider and the 1903 Flyer. There are periodic ranger talks explaining the important advances that the Wright Brothers made and how their...

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  • Greensboro

    North Carolina Things to Do

    Greensboro was the sight of a famous Civil Rights sit-in, which took place in a local diner that still exists today. These days, downtown is dominated by more modern buildings, but there is also a nice historic district that is well marked by signs.

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  • UNC Chapel Hill

    North Carolina Things to Do

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the oldest public university in the nation. The Old Well is probably the most well-known symbol of UNC-Chapel Hill, (well, other than Michael Jordan) however if you're driving through the Research Triangle area and you want to stop at just one college campus, make it Duke's West Campus in Durham.

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  • Guilford Courthouse National Park

    North Carolina Things to Do

    Just five miles north of Greensboro on U.S 220, you'll find this historic battlefied and courthouse. North Carolina has its share of historic sites, in particular Civil War related sites, so if you're a history buff, come on down.

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  • North Carolina State Parks

    From the beaches of the Outer Banks to the rolling hills of the Piedmont to the highest mountains in the eastern United States, North Carolina's State Parks are naturally wonderful. And for the most part, admission is free. Some of the State Recreation Areas have an entrance fee during the active season and there are fees for camping, boat rentals,...

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  • 2nd Saturdays (Budget travel)

    Explore N.C. culture on the 2nd Saturday of each month with significant bargains at several each of our 37 State Historic Sites each. Low-cost, memorable, and educational family friendly opportunities are made available throughout the state by the North Carolina Cultural Resources Department through its 2nd Saturdays program. On these special...

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  • Kitty Hawk- Wright Brothers National...

    Kitty Hawk (more accurately Kill Devil Hills) is the spot where the Wright brothers took their perfected flyer to and conducted the first succesful flight on December 17th , 1903. The site has a large monument, markers of the landing points of the first days flights and a museum dedicated to commerating the event.

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  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    This large park encloses 50 miles of the North Carolina barrier islands, known commonly as the Outer Banks. It has beaches, lighthouses, tidal marshes and some of Americas most famous historical sights such as Kitty Hawk and Roanoke Island Colony.

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