If you visit North Carolina, you will find many things to see and do during your visit. They range from cultural activities to exploring the stunning scenery and having fun with the kids. With an entire state to be discovered, choosing which activities to include in your vacation itinerary is something you may find difficult to decide. The activities you decide to include will make a difference to your overall experience of a stay in North Carolina. To help you make the most of your visit to this interesting and diverse state, the following are the top 20 things to do in North Carolina for beginners.
20. Carl Sandburg House
A landmark of historical interest that you should try to visit during your stay in North Carolina is the Carl Sandburg House. This is the former home of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Sandburg. The house has been renovated to resemble its appearance when the poet lived on this property. In addition to taking a tour of the house, visitors can also enjoy the five miles of trails that surround the property. There is also a nice apple orchard and two small lakes. Another feature for visitors to enjoy is the goat farm. This attraction is located on Carl Sandburg Lane in Flat Rock. It is open every year except certain holidays. The house is now a United States National Historic Site.
19. North Carolina Zoo
One of the top family attractions in North Carolina is the North Carolina Zoo. As you walk along the five miles of shady trails, you will see more than 1.60 animals and 52,000 plants. Some of the species this zoo is home to include elephants, rhinos, ostriches, chimpanzees, lions, giraffes, zebras, black bears, elk, and red wolves. It is divided into two main sections according to the native regions of the animals; North America and Africa. These exhibits are designed to resemble the animals’ natural habitat. This attraction is fun and educational for people of all ages.
18. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
The Crazy Tourist recommends a trip to the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Open since 1949, more than seven million people have visited this center. It is located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and hosts shows throughout the day. You’ll get fascinating information during educational shows, like how to identify constellations in the night sky. This activity is educational and interesting, and will especially appeal to those interested in astronomy.
17. Center for Folk Art of the Craft Guild of the Southern Highlands
Those who are interested in arts and crafts can enjoy a visit to the South Highlands Crafts Guild Folk Art Center. The art and craft pieces on display have been created by the approximately 900 members of this guild. Only your best work is on display. The focus of the exhibits is on Southern Appalachian crafts, and there are examples of both traditional and contemporary pieces. At this attraction, there is also a bookstore, a library, an information desk, and a handicraft shop. At different times of the year craft days are held. If you want to participate in any of these sessions, you must book in advance.
16. Wheels Through Time Museum
An unusual museum to visit while in North Carolina is the Wheels Through Time Museum, and this will appeal to those who are interested in cars and motorcycles. This museum houses one of the best and largest collections of cars and motorcycles in the world. There are more than 350 machines displayed in a 40,000-square-foot exhibit space. These are arranged roughly on a chronological timeline of American automotive history. This attraction also hosts many events and temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
15. Banner Elk winery and villa
North Carolina is known for its many wineries and vineyards. Many of these are open to the public to tour. One of the best wineries to visit in North Carolina is Banner Elk Winery and Villa. This is a highly acclaimed and award-winning winery set in stunning scenery against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visitors can tour the vineyards, participate in wine tastings, enjoy the stunning surroundings, and buy some wine to take home. It is possible to stay in this winery, as The Winery Villa offers luxurious accommodation offering luxurious rooms and …