Great Cities to Visit in North Carolina:
5 Fun Things to Enjoy in North Carolina:
- Biltmore Estates: Play in the 8,000-acre backyard. There are breathtaking views, carefully preserved forests, and activities for everybody; Biltmore is an outdoor enthusiast’s delight.
- Blue Ridge Parkway: A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is nothing like any other drive, a slow-paced and relaxing ride revealing spectacular long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and green landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. Protecting a range of plants and animals, the Parkway meanders for 469 miles, providing areas for the enjoyment of all that makes this region of the country so unique.
- Battleship North Carolina: Moored in quiet dignity and splendor, the Battleship North Carolina, across the river from downtown Wilmington, beckons visitors to tour her decks. Imagine the daily life and vicious combat her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
- Wright Brothers National Memorial: Wind, sand, and a vision of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where, after four years of methodical testing, they achieved the first successful airplane flights on December 17, 1903. With bravery and resolve, these self-taught engineers relied on cooperation and use of the scientific process. What they achieved altered our world forever.
- Nascar Hall of Fame: Located in Uptown Charlotte, N.C., the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue is designed to inform and amuse race fans and non-fans alike.
Major Convention Centers:
- Charlotte Convention Center: Flanked by art and spacious alcoves, the grand concourse welcomes guests and provides simple access to all points in the Convention Center. Towering ceilings add volume to the 280,000 square feet of adjoining exhibit space, which accommodates general session setups and up to 1,250 exhibit booths.
- Raleigh Convention Center: The Raleigh Convention Center is a lively center for the culture, business and technologies that make the Triangle one of the most admired and sought after regions in the United States. The contemporary, 500,000 square foot facility includes a soaring street-level lobby, a graceful ballroom, and a considerable exhibit hall, as well as cutting edge tech services and award-winning culinary delights.
North Carolina has 10 National Parks and 2,880 National Register of Historic Places.
- Fort Raleigh/Roanoke Island: Fort Raleigh National Historic Site protects and conserves known portions of England's first New World settlements from 1584 to 1590. This site also preserves the cultural legacy of the Native Americans, European Americans and African Americans who have lived on Roanoke Island.
- Great Smoky Mountains: Ridge upon ridge of woodlands straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Celebrated for its assortment of plant and animal life, the splendor of its prehistoric mountains, and the quality of its leftovers of Southern Appalachian mountain traditions, this is America's most visited national park.
NASCAR: North Carolina is home to Charlotte Motor Speedway http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/
- For more than 50 years, Charlotte Motor Speedway has set the norms for motorsports activity and evolved into "The Greatest Place to See the Race." Nestled in the middle of NASCAR country, the “Mecca of Motorsports” is the only race vacation destination where fans can engross themselves in the sport by taking in an event at the renowned 1.5-mile superspeedway and visit race team shops and the newly-opened NASCAR Hall of Fame in the same weekend.