North Carolina Top 10 Must See Attractions

North Carolina provides a wide range of attractions that anyone, from the nature lover to historian, could enjoy. Whether you’re vacationing in the area or just plan to pass through on your way to another area, you must take some time to check out any of the top 10 attractions listed below.

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Nantahala Gorge

There are a number of things that you can do at the Nantahala Gorge. If you’re the adventurous type, you can book a white water rafting trip or take a horseback ride to view the area.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Western North Carolina as you take a train ride on some popular trains. Kids will be excited to experience the Polar Express and Thomas the Train. Other well-known trains include the ones from popular movies like Forces of Nature and The Fugitive.

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Nature enthusiasts will be immediately drawn to old poplars, some of them 100 feet tall and over 20 feet wide. The trail is about 2 miles long featuring lots of impressive trees, plants and wildflowers.


Get in touch with Cherokee Indian history at the Museum, and if that is not enough you can take a tour of the reconstructed Oconaluftee Indian Village. The skit, “Unto These Hills,” accurately displays a lot of the history of this colorful people. Finally, visit the Qualla Arts and Craft shop to get a few souvenirs crafted by Cherokee artisans.

Maggie Valley

The winter months are a great time to stop in at Maggie Valley for some skiing, snowboarding or tubing. Exorcise your ghosts when you visit the Ghost Town in the Sky, a family theme park. If you’re interested in motorbikes you might want to pay a visit to Wheels Through Time to see a detailed evolution of the motor bike.


You have to stop in Waynesville if you pass through Maggie Valley. It’s only minutes away, and in the summer the town comes to life with an international folk festival which features international music and dance.

Biltmore Estate

This was George Vanderbilt’s summer home that was built in the later part of the 1800s. Get a first-hand view of this home that was a part of popular films likes Hannibal and Forest Gump. Don’t forget to visit the winery to sample the excellent wines from this estate.

The Blue Ridge Parkway

The BlueRidge Parkway runs for about 465 miles and offers some of the most scenic views in the United States. Most trails and waterfalls are easily accessed from the parkway.


Transylvania County, or “Land of the Waterfalls” as it’s commonly called features over 250 waterfalls. Sliding Rock and Looking Glass Falls are just some of the waterfalls that you can visit in this county. Remember to take your swimsuit and enjoy the ride.

Linville Caverns

The Linville Caverns are limestone caverns that were discovered over 200 years ago. This attraction offers spectacular views of stalagmites and stalactites.

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