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A southeastern pocket of the USA, North Carolina is an eclectic state offering all sorts of adventures. Its 300-mile coastline is brushed by the Atlantic Ocean, while its inland areas border Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina. The Tar Heel State might not be quite as famous as some of its neighbours but, if you’re looking to take the road less travelled, a holiday to North Carolina ticks all the boxes. The landscape is incredibly varied – ranging from dramatic mountains to pristine beaches – while the towns and cities have a charming, artsy feel.

Covering an area larger than Greece, North Carolina has plenty of exciting things to do. Nature-lovers will enjoy exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in search of bears, deer and elk. There are lots of trails for keen hikers, and you’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about Native American culture and customs. So it’s perhaps not surprising that the Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park in the whole of the USA – beating the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite.

And, if it’s beaches you’re after, you’ll be in your element on a North Carolina holiday. As well as having dozens of sandy spots on the mainland, the state also has a series of barrier islands. You can spend your days surfing, paddle-boarding and fishing, or simply unwind on the sugary shores. Plus, lots of North Carolina’s islands are home to scenic walks and golf courses, as well as a variety of birdlife.

Or perhaps the city of Charlotte has caught your attention? This financial hub has undergone something of a transformation in recent years, and is now a bustling mishmash of theatres, museums and craft breweries. Whether you’re into art, culture, food or sport – or all of the above – Charleston’s top attractions are sure to keep you entertained.

You could even extend your holiday to North Carolina, if you’re eager to see more of the USA. Take a road trip down to South Carolina to visit historical Charleston, or drive west to Tennessee to explore musical cities like Memphis and Nashville. Speak to our Travel Specialists to plan your tailor-made getaway.

Charlotte

Beaches

Great Smoky Mountains

Best time to go

Charlotte

The biggest city in North Carolina, Charlotte was historically famous as a banking hub – and it’s still one of the USA’s major financial forces, coming second only to New York City. But, in recent years, Charlotte has become a more popular city break, thanks to its arts and culture, sporting hubs and fantastic beer scene.

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If you’re a city-lover, you must visit Charlotte during your holiday to North Carolina. You can catch dance shows, comedy and live theatre at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Centre, or lose yourself among the tropical blooms of Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Petrol-heads will love the NASCAR Hall of Fame, while sports enthusiasts can watch the Carolina Panthers play an NFL game.

For something a little more chilled, go for a stroll along Little Sugar Creek Greenway – a series of paths, parks and streams across Downtown. And, at the end of a busy day, you can settle into one of Charlotte’s many craft breweries and enjoy a cold beer. You’ll find everything here from West Coast-style IPAs, to German-style lagers.

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North Carolina’s beaches

When you think of beach breaks in the USA, North Carolina probably isn’t the first place to spring to mind. But this state boasts a unique coastline, home to dozens of islands – known as the Outer Banks – as well as beautiful stretches of sand on the mainland.

A lot of the best beaches in North Carolina are clustered around the town of Wilmington. You can try a variety of watersports in the clear waters of Wrightsville Beach, or stretch your legs on the picturesque boardwalk at Carolina Beach. Families will love Kure Beach, where kids can paddle safely in the calm waters. Or you could head to the car-free Bald Head Island to discover 14 miles of beaches, great golf courses, and plenty of wildlife.

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Alternatively, head further north towards the Crystal Coast. Sometimes called the Southern Outer Banks, this 85-mile stretch of coastline is home to some stunning islands. Emerald Isle is one of our favourites, with 12 miles of pristine beaches and loads of picnic areas.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers an incredible 800 square miles. The park is filled with natural wonders, wildlife and cultural sites. And the forest-clad mountains always seem to be shrouded in a blue mist – hence the name – which gives this place a somewhat magical feel. So it’s a must-visit during your trip to North Carolina.

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Take your pick from dozens of walking trails, don your hiking boots, and set off in search of waterfalls and wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for all sorts of animals, including deer, raccoons, skunks, black bears and the park’s famous elk. Plus, if you visit during spring, you can expect to see lots of colourful wildflowers, such as irises, orchids and violets.

Want to find out more about the Great Smoky Mountains’ history and its people? Visit Cherokee to learn about Native American culture. You can take a guided tour around The Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and step back in time at the Oconaluftee Indian Village, which reflects a traditional tribal village from the 1700s.

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Best time to visit North Carolina

Generally, the best time for a North Carolina holiday is spring or autumn. Temperatures hover around 18°C in March, but they rise to 26°C by the end of May – so the weather is ideal for hiking in the Great Smokey Mountains, when the national park’s wildflowers will be in bloom. Alternatively, you could plan your trip for some time between September and November. Early autumn is a lovely temperature – around 28°C – while mid-to-late October sees the forests turn orange and red.

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Like the rest of the Deep South, North Carolina gets very hot and humid in summer. July and August are the warmest months, with daytime temperatures averaging 31°C – but, if you don’t mind the crowds, you’ll be able to enjoy the beaches at their warmest. Just be prepared for some rain, too, as August is the wettest month of the year.  

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Charlotte

Charlotte

The biggest city in North Carolina, Charlotte was historically famous as a banking hub – and it’s still one of the USA’s major financial forces, coming second only to New York City. But, in recent years, Charlotte has become a more popular city break, thanks to its arts and culture, sporting hubs and fantastic beer scene.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re a city-lover, you must visit Charlotte during your holiday to North Carolina. You can catch dance shows, comedy and live theatre at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Centre, or lose yourself among the tropical blooms of Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Petrol-heads will love the NASCAR Hall of Fame, while sports enthusiasts can watch the Carolina Panthers play an NFL game.

For something a little more chilled, go for a stroll along Little Sugar Creek Greenway – a series of paths, parks and streams across Downtown. And, at the end of a busy day, you can settle into one of Charlotte’s many craft breweries and enjoy a cold beer. You’ll find everything here from West Coast-style IPAs, to German-style lagers.

Show More
Show Less

Beaches

North Carolina’s beaches

When you think of beach breaks in the USA, North Carolina probably isn’t the first place to spring to mind. But this state boasts a unique coastline, home to dozens of islands – known as the Outer Banks – as well as beautiful stretches of sand on the mainland.

A lot of the best beaches in North Carolina are clustered around the town of Wilmington. You can try a variety of watersports in the clear waters of Wrightsville Beach, or stretch your legs on the picturesque boardwalk at Carolina Beach. Families will love Kure Beach, where kids can paddle safely in the calm waters. Or you could head to the car-free Bald Head Island to discover 14 miles of beaches, great golf courses, and plenty of wildlife.

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Show Less

Alternatively, head further north towards the Crystal Coast. Sometimes called the Southern Outer Banks, this 85-mile stretch of coastline is home to some stunning islands. Emerald Isle is one of our favourites, with 12 miles of pristine beaches and loads of picnic areas.

Show More
Show Less

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers an incredible 800 square miles. The park is filled with natural wonders, wildlife and cultural sites. And the forest-clad mountains always seem to be shrouded in a blue mist – hence the name – which gives this place a somewhat magical feel. So it’s a must-visit during your trip to North Carolina.

Show More
Show Less

Take your pick from dozens of walking trails, don your hiking boots, and set off in search of waterfalls and wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for all sorts of animals, including deer, raccoons, skunks, black bears and the park’s famous elk. Plus, if you visit during spring, you can expect to see lots of colourful wildflowers, such as irises, orchids and violets.

Want to find out more about the Great Smoky Mountains’ history and its people? Visit Cherokee to learn about Native American culture. You can take a guided tour around The Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and step back in time at the Oconaluftee Indian Village, which reflects a traditional tribal village from the 1700s.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit North Carolina

Generally, the best time for a North Carolina holiday is spring or autumn. Temperatures hover around 18°C in March, but they rise to 26°C by the end of May – so the weather is ideal for hiking in the Great Smokey Mountains, when the national park’s wildflowers will be in bloom. Alternatively, you could plan your trip for some time between September and November. Early autumn is a lovely temperature – around 28°C – while mid-to-late October sees the forests turn orange and red.

Show More
Show Less

Like the rest of the Deep South, North Carolina gets very hot and humid in summer. July and August are the warmest months, with daytime temperatures averaging 31°C – but, if you don’t mind the crowds, you’ll be able to enjoy the beaches at their warmest. Just be prepared for some rain, too, as August is the wettest month of the year.  

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