North Carolina Places to Visit

North Carolina boasts nearly 100 state parks, museums, historic sites, aquariums and other attractions. Use the tool below to find places to visit by activity, theme, region or cost. As you check boxes on the right side of the screen, the places listed on the right will narrow to fit your criteria. Click on place's title to learn more.

Visit our things to do page for more information on all the wonderful things to do you'll find in the Tar Heel state.

Nebo, N.C.

Though its namesake may be its defining feature, Lake James State Park also offers 15 miles of mountain biking trails and the opportunity to explore a segment of the historic Overmountain Victory Trail. 

Troutman, N.C.

Situated on the banks of North Carolina's largest manmade lake, this park boasts one of the region’s more popular mountain biking networks among many other amenities.

Lake Waccamaw, N.C.

A visit to this park unveils one of the most unique bodies of water in the world and one of the greatest geological mysteries—the phenomenon of Carolina Bays with species of aquatic life found nowhere else.

Gatesville, N.C.

Whether it’s hiking, camping, paddling, fishing, horseback riding, swimming or just taking in scenery or just taking in the scenery, Morrow Mountain State Park offers a different adventure for everyone.