North Carolina Vacation Ideas

North Carolina Vacation Ideas #1: One of the more popular ideas for North Carolina getaway is a trip to "sleepy" little village of Hot Springs. Visitors come to relax in the natural outdoor hot mineral springs.

The surrounding Pisgah National Forest provides gorgeous mountain scenery as well as plenty of outdoor activities such as white water rafting, canoeing and hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Hot Springs has plenty to offer if you are looking for family vacations ideas. Biltmore Estates, Gatlinburg, Lake Lure and Chimney Rock are just a short distance away.


North Carolina Vacation Ideas #2: Biltmore Estates is not far from Asheville or Hot Springs. Originally the winter estate of the 1880’s Vanderbilt family, it is now a museum and one of most popular North Carolina vacation spots. This place is amazing.

Take a tour and see the 70,000 gallon pool, bowling alley, gardens, antiques, artwork or the 64 seat banquet table. Christmas is an especially good time to visit the Biltmore.

The estate is all the more grand and magical with the holiday decorations everywhere. It is also a four-star inn so you can arrange for that perfect romantic holiday getaway.


North Carolina Vacation Ideas #3: At Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, you can stand on the tall grassy sand dune where the Wright brothers took off on their famous first flight. The wind coming up off the water is the same wind that lifted the Kitty Hawk and carried it 852 feet that morning in 1903. The feat is commemorated by a 60-foot-tall granite monument.
North Carolina Vacation Ideas #4: Orville and Wilbur's hanger, workshop and living quarters have been reconstructed and are open for you to explore. This Outer Banks, North Carolina vacation idea is also a popular spot for hang-gliding from the 138-foot high Jockey's Ridge.

Kitty Hawk Kites can give you lessons in hang-gliding or kiteboarding. They also have more than a dozen different kayaking tours throughout the Outer Banks Islands.


North Carolina Vacation Ideas #5: The Outer Banks is a narrow and delicate chain of barrier islands that run along the Eastern coast of the U.S. These islands provide a myriad of vacation opportunities. One idea is the historic North Carolina town of Beaufort which was settled in 1710. The famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest in the country, is located on Cape Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks.

Comment sent in by anonymous reader - I enjoyed my last vacation to the Outer Banks. It was a vacation of relaxation, family and no hassle. I rented a house for my family and we spent each day at the beach and each evening just relaxing in the house.

The atmosphere was low-key, non-commercial and just plain quiet. I work in an administrative position that involves a lot of stress, and this vacation is just what I need to recharge and regroup. We did not see the wild horses, but will try again next year.

The beach is a bulk head in places, but it shouldn't deter you from trying it. I would recommend this vacation to any family that is looking for a no-hassle, commercial free week in the sun.


North Carolina Vacation Ideas #6: One of the best places to stay during your vacation to North Carolina's Outer Banks is the luxurious yet eco-sensitive Sanderling Resort & Spa. It's located in the town of Duck, North Carolina.

Duck is one of the most popular resort destinations on the Outer Banks. It's a great vacation spot for kayaking, jet skiing, and wind surfing and lots of other outdoor activities.


North Carolina Vacation Ideas #7: The waters off the coast of North Carolina are a great scuba diving vacation spot. There are over 2,000 wrecked vessels to explore including the 2004 wrecks of the Spar and the Titan. The area is called the "Graveyard of the Atlantic” for good reason.

The Olympus Dive Center operates out of Morehead at the southernmost tip of the Outer Banks. They are experienced dive operators and run two of the area’s premier dive boats. This would be a good place to start planning a vacation to dive this area with it’s incredible collection of shipwrecks.


North Carolina Vacation Ideas #8: The North Carolina town of Salem was originally founded back in 1766 by the religious and hard-working German Protestants called Moravians. Today this first settlement is preserved in the historic district of the town called Old Salem. The area contains over a 100 buildings that have been restored to their original appearance.

This is a very interesting historical spot to visit. You can tour some of the restored homes. As you go through Old Salem you can learn about the early settlement and history of Old Salem from the costumed interpreters. These historical guides also demonstrate Moravian crafts.

The Old Salem Museums & Gardens consists of four separate museums and focus on history, early art, toys and 18th century children.


North Carolina Vacation Ideas #9: An interesting spot to visit in North Carolina is the Cradle of Forestry. This is the site of the Biltmore Forest School which was the first school in the country to teach forestry methods based on science. It sits on about 100,000 acres of the Pisgah Forest that was purchased and restored by George W. Vanderbilt back in 1895. The original school buildings are open for a tour.

The Forest Discovery Center provides an interesting learning experience about the school and the nurturing of our forest lands. You can explore the grounds on your own or with a guide including a hundred year old logging trail and several miles of paved forest trails.


North Carolina Vacation Ideas #10: Ghost Town in the Sky is a Wild West-themed amusement park. It's located in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. This area is in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. Along with thrill rides and kiddie rides, there is an authentic 1880 western town with over 40 replica buildings.

It’s all set in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountain forests and surrounded by the Southern Appalachian mountain culture. This is an excellent vacation spot for children and families.

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