Top 5 Attractions in North Carolina | USA

Top 5 Attractions in North Carolina | USA

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3 Popular Attractions In North Carolina

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  • Biltmore Estate: 8000-acre estate in Asheville, North Carolina.|
  • Blue Ridge Parkway: Scenic drive that goes through Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.|
  • Cape Hatteras: Cape on the eastern coast of North Carolina.|
  • Carowinds: Amusement park in Charlotte, North Carolina.|
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway: Car racing track in Concord, North Carolina.|
  • Clingmans Dome: Mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.|
  • Discovery Place: Science museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.|
  • DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center: Theater in Durham, North Carolina.|
  • Outer Banks: Barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina.|
  • Grandfather Mountain: Mountain and state park near Linville, North Carolina.|
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park: National park on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.|
  • NASCAR Hall of Fame: Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.|
  • North Carolina Museum of Art: Art museum in Raleigh, North Carolina.|
  • North Carolina Zoo: Zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina.|
  • Pisgah National Forest: National forest in Nebo, North Carolina.|
  • Sliding Rock: Waterfall in Nebo, North Carolina.|
  • Tweetsie Railroad: Theme park in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.{
  • North Carolina Facts:

    • The QC is the largest metropolitan area in the U.S. that does not have a zoo.
    • Today, Charlotte remains an economic hot spot. Behind New York City, it’s now the country’s second-largest banking center. Bank of America is headquartered here, as are Wells Fargo’s East Coast operations. This reality has given rise to yet another nickname: Banktown.
    • The tallest rotating metal fountain in America is located just off highway 485 in Charlotte’s Steele Creek area.
    • May 20, the traditional date of the signing of the declaration, is celebrated annually in Charlotte as “MecDec”. They fire muskets and cannons.
    • The Reed Gold Mine operated until 1912.
    • Charlotte Motor Speedway is on the former site of a working plantation.
    • The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is the oldest State University in the United States.
    • Andrew Johnson started his career as a tailor’s apprentice in Raleigh, North Carolina and rose to lead in the reuniting of the nation as the seventeenth President of the United States.
    North Carolina
    State of North Carolina
    Nickname(s):

    Tarheel State; Old North State
    Motto(s):

    Esse quam videri:[1]“To be, rather than to seem”
    Anthem: The Old North State (song)[2]
    Map of the United States with North Carolina highlighted

    Map of the United States with North Carolina highlighted
    Country United States
    Before statehood Province of North Carolina
    Admitted to the Union November 21, 1789 (12th)
    Capital Raleigh
    Largest city Charlotte
    Largest metro and urban areas Greater Charlotte
    Government

    Governor Roy Cooper (D)
    Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson (R)
    Legislature General Assembly
    Upper house Senate
    Lower house House of Representatives
    Judiciary North Carolina Supreme Court
    U.S. senators Richard Burr (R)
    Thom Tillis (R)
    U.S. House delegation
    • 8 Republicans
    • 5 Democrats

    (list)

    Area

    •Total 53,819sqmi (139,390km2)
    •Land 48,711sqmi (126,161km2)
    •Water 1,972sqmi (5,108km2) 9.5%
    •Rank 28th
    Dimensions

    •Length 500[3]mi (804km)
    •Width 184mi (296km)
    Elevation

    700ft (210m)
    Highestelevation

    6,684ft (2,037m)
    Lowestelevation

    (Atlantic Ocean[4])
    0ft (0m)
    Population

    (2021)
    •Total 10,551,162
    •Rank 9th
    •Density 214.6/sqmi (82.9/km2)
    •Rank 15th
    Median household income

    $52,752[6]
    •Income rank

    39th
    Demonym(s) North Carolinian (official);
    Tarheel (colloquial)
    Language

    Official language English[7]
    Spoken language As of 2010[8]

    • English 90.70%
    • Spanish 6.93%
    • Other 2.73%
    Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern)
    •Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (EDT)
    USPS abbreviation
    NC
    ISO 3166 code US-NC
    Traditional abbreviation N.C.
    Latitude 33° 50′ N to 36° 35′ N
    Longitude 75° 28′ W to 84° 19′ W
    Website www.nc.gov

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    North Carolina's coast boasts more than 300 miles of barrier island beaches, romantic lighthouses, idyllic small towns, and national seashores. Spring is an appealing time to hike the Appalachian Trail or bike at Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park. Fall lures travelers to the spectacular colors along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Cities like Raleigh, Durham, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte are some of the best places to go in North Carolina for city explorers. With the Atlantic Ocean to the east, North Carolina features plenty of shorelines for visitors to enjoy with water activities, sunbathing, or simply relaxing on the beach. The state's long history means that you can find important historic sites from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

    The Great Smoky Mountains is America’s most visited National Park. Take one trip to the park and you’ll immediately see why. Great Smoky Mountains is located on the North Carolina-Tennessee border. It’s home to some of the most diverse groups of plants and wildlife in the world.

    Biltmore Estate, a historic 250-room French Renaissance chateau that was built by George Vanderbilt in the 1890’s, has been a favorite for tourists since it was opened to the public in 1930. The amazement of the home’s sheer size is matched only by the intricate details inside and the features that seem way ahead of their time, like the indoor pool and private bowling alley. With over four acres of total floor space, the home features 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, a large banquet hall and a library that is home to 10,000 volumes.

    Nicknamed “America's favorite drive,” the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway was designed by landscape architect Stanley Abbott whose vision was to create a road that was far more than just a way to get from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, with its scenic hiking trails. The drive itself has incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the surrounding landscape, and the road is popular with motorcyclists and bicyclists for its endless scenery.

    The crown jewel of the North Carolina State Parks, Chimney Rock is a great spot to visit. Chimney Rock State Park represents the best of the North Carolina mountains in one place. Surrounded by the towering cliffs of Hickory Nut Gorge, the Park offers some of the most amazing views found anywhere in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Not far from the cities of the Triad area, off the four-lane highways, there's another North Carolina to be discovered: sheer cliffs and peaks of bare rock, quiet forests, and cascading waterfalls, with views of the Piedmont plateau that stretch for miles. Hike the trails of Hanging Rock State Park and let nature put life's hectic pace in perspective

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