North Carolina has a bit of everything, from cities to countryside to beaches and everything in between. There’s no shortage of things to do and see in the great state of NC. Although there are hundreds of attractions, we have chosen our top three. Check them out below.
1. Chimney Rock State Park- This styate park is located about 30 miles of the city of Asheville and there are many attractions here. For starters, there is a massive granite spire that stands at over 300-feet tall and inside the mountain is a 26-story elevator. This makes it easy for you to get to the top of the mountain.
There are many hiking trails for you to try too. If you’re looking for a mostly leveled trail and a moderately challenging one, then you’ll want to go to Hickory Nuts Falls Trail. Along the trail you will be treated to amazing scenery, spot wildlife and just enjoy a relaxing walk.
2. The North Carolina Aquarium- For lovers of sea life, there is the North Carolina Aquarium, which has four locations at Fort Fisher, Roanoke Island, Jennette’s Pier and Pine Knoll Shores. However, Jennette’s Pier isn’t technically an aquarium but you will have the chance to spot animals such as whales.
The largest collection of sharks in NC can be found at the Roanoke location, while at Fort Fisher is where you’ll be able to learn about the state’s swamps and streams. You’ll learn a lot about the state’s marine life at the Pine Knoll Shores location. Make sure you set aside a few hours if you want to explore all that the aquarium has to offer.
3. The North Carolina Zoo- Another top tourist attraction is the North Carolina Zoo, which features more than 1,500 animals and over 45,000 plants. The zoo is in Asheboro and when you arrive you will get the chance to see animals from various continents, including North America and Africa. Some of the animals you’ll get to see include bison, red wolves, chimps, lions, black bears, grizzly bears, elephants and roadrunners to name a few. You and your family will love it at the zoo.
After you check out the above attractions, take the time to explore the rest of the state. You can easily spend a few weeks in NC. With so many great places to go to and things to see, you should consider taking your next weekend trip or vacation there.