If you’re looking for a diverse place with lots to do, then North Carolina deserves a look for your next vacation. This state is not perhaps as well-known as more populated states like Florida, Texas, or California, and yet it has quietly grown into a top 10 state in terms of how many people live there. It’s also a very long state, as it could take 12 hours or more to cross from end to end. From Murphy to Manteo, there’s quite a bit to do here.
If you want a great beach experience, then the region of Wilmington has got sand and sun. Visit the USS North Carolina WWII battleship museum and memorial for a slice of history, and then head north to the Outer Banks for thin islands of great camping and hotels where you can see the sun rise and set over the water. Go fishing or boating in the many swamps of the coastal plains.
To the western end of the state, enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hiking, rock climbing, and rafting abound during the summer. Cruise the Blue Ridge Parkway for a chance to drive up high enough to touch the heavens. In the winter, enjoy skiing, even though it’s the South!
North Carolina has more miles of road than any other state, so getting around is no trouble. Charlotte and Raliegh have major airports to fly in and out. Coming in via an interstate? 95, 85, 77, and 26/81 all run north to south, and 40 runs from Wilmington on the coast to the Tennessee border and on to Knoxville and beyond.
Not sure where to start your vacation? The Outer Banks are a good bet, given the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Kitty Hawk, where the first every plane flight took place. In the mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains national park is always a hit.