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Millions of tourists around the country visit North Carolina for its high peak mountains, white sand beaches, breath-taking scenic attractions and historical locations. The state is the 6th highest tourism receiver in the country. The state offers wildlife lovers, dense forest enthusiast, adventure seekers plenty of options to pick from.

Best Time to Fly to North Carolina

North Carolina’s best time in summer is April to June and best time for winter tourism is September to November. These months offers pleasant in weather, less crowd and affordable accommodation fares throughout.

Temperature in the state varies at par. Humidity will save you in winters and fall but it will eat you up during summers. July and August are the hottest time of the year in North Carolina. But due to summer vacation falling in July, the state has highest tourist season in the month of July. Even after being the warmest, July remains one of the peak season month of the year.

Off Season: October, December and January are under off season due to snowfall and rain weather. Though rain is not much of a North Carolina thing, snowfall starts in end of December and lasts for a month. This is generally off season, but you would see tourists falling from places just for skiing and snowboarding.

If you are looking to travel on a tight budget, travel in November, which is again least crowded months to visit. If you love crowds and tourists all over, travel in March, February and June. In fact, hotels and flight fares will be at peak too.

Overall, spring in North Carolina brings humidity and moderate temperatures. March- May is spring time are warm, a little bit rainy and best for outdoor activities. If you plan in summer (June-August) temperature is the warmest recorded with less rain and more humidity. Book tickets for summer months earlier for better deals. Fall is during September- November, when humidity and winds are on a balance. Winter (December to February) is cold time in North Carolina with snow and rain season.

Top Things to do in North Carolina

There are many things to do while you land in North Carolina for vacation. It is a family friendly place with many options of adventure. Beaches are what best North Carolina has and so much more. Hence we have divided the list of activities for you to make it easier for you to decide.

Starting from beachy and parks, North Carolina has lots of options from where you can pick your favorite and most likely place to visit.

  • Visit one of the largest private estate gardens in United States with 8000 acre compound. It is known as The Biltmore Estate. It has 250 rooms with an Italian garden, ornate pools, water fountains and a rose garden with more than 250 varieties of roses.
  • The another unique area to explore is Outer Banks, which is 200 mile stretch of island with Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Frisco Native American Museum. It is the future of beach cum islands and a complete package.
  • Chimney Rock State Park is in southeast of Asheville. It is a 315 feet granite elevated on this rock park. It also has an elevator up till 26th floor and rest can be waked or hiked accordingly. It also has the Hickory Nut Falls & Trails for tourists.

Other than these sandy beaches, the list of places that you should enjoy with family and kids are:

  • Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is located inn University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It has more than 17 planetarium shows, fun and educational activities, science center. It has exhibits like water in a hole, our world and firsts in flights.
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the oldest museum in the state with live exhibits and interactive sections to learn about history of the world animals. The other building covers science experiments and exploration from the bottom of Atlantic Ocean.
  • North Carolina Aquarium is another great option for you and your family. It has 4 major locations. At Roanoke Island, features largest collection of sharks, at Pine Knoll Shores, you get to learn about marine and coral reef. Fort Fisher is concerned with freshwater marines and Jennette’s Pier is for Hump Back Whales.
  • Another great option for kids is to visit the North Carolina Zoo with 1600 animals and 52000 plants. It is located in Asheboro and it has alligators, bobcats, road runners, elk, bears, ostrich and lions to enjoy with.

Or you rather plan your honeymoon or group time in gardens and wild trip to North Carolina and enjoy at these following tourist spots:

  • Take a romantic drive on Blue Ridge Parkway, also known as America’s Favorite Driveway. The road offers, beautiful mountains on one side and deep forests, colorful and dense on the other side. It is purely romantic especially on motor bikes.
  • Visit the 90 feet tall waterfalls in North Carolina, Linville Gorge. It is also known as “Grand canyon of the East”. It has hiking trails to Duggers Creek Falls, Crabtree Falls and jaw dropping Table Rock Mountain and Hawksbill Mountain.
  • Hike at the Grandfather Mountain in Linville. It has a famous Mile High Swinging Bridge. Have a glimpse at wildlife, flora and fauna with a panoramic view of expansive mountains.
  • Sliding Rock is another way to have fun. It is a 7 feet rock with 60 degree bend and slight water falling down the stream. It is used as a natural water slide with 2$ admission fee. It is located in Pisgah National forest.

The state covers famous cities, rock and national parks, beach and islands, gardens and water falls, science and history places and many more to see in live. So book your tickets and travel to North Carolina for the best vacation ever.

Tourist experiences are mostly first times, hence it is easy to get along the crowd. North Carolina offers a peace place to travel.