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Tip Tuesday: 30 Things to do in North Carolina

I joke with my husband that I am the only person he knows who is FROM North Carolina. Nearly all of our friends and his coworkers grew up in Ohio, Michigan, or the Northeast. I'm not really sure why that is, but having lived here my whole life, I sometimes forget all the great things there are to do in each part of the state.

I'm so excited to be able to introduce these wonderful things from our state to my son and thought some of our local readers and visitors might be interested in these ideas too! Here are my top ten things to do in the Mountains, Piedmont, and Coastal areas of the North Carolina (and some fun photos from our adventures!).


  1. Drive Blue Ridge Parkway - Linn Cove Viaduct in Fall
  2. Ride Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
  3. Hike Stone Mountain State Park and taste at RagApple Lassie, Raffaldini or Shelton Vineyards
  4. Breakfast at Early Girl, Lunch at Laughing Seed or Salsas, Dinner at Tupelo Honey
  5. Go Tubing on the New and July 4th at Tweetsie Railroad
  6. Walk the Grandfather Mountain Swinging Bridge in Spring
  7. Hike in Linville Gorge area and Wilson Creek area
  8. Camp at Price Park and walk Price Lake or Cone Manor
  9. Tour Biltmore House Christmas and Grove Park Inn Gingerbread Houses
  10. Visit Blowing Rock in the Fall and Woodlands BBQ


  1. Experience Merlefest
  2. Watch (and tailgate) NASCAR Bank of America 500
  3. See Franklin Street during a home game and Mama Dips
  4. Visit Southern Season at Thanksgiving and overnight at The Umstead
  5. Stroll NC Zoo
  6. Lunch at (the original) Village Tavern and tour Reynolda House and Old Salem
  7. Pick Strawberries and Tour a Farm
  8. Enjoy the NC State Fair
  9. Catch a game at Durham Bulls or Charlotte Knights
  10. Thrill ride at Carowinds and have a Cheerwine


  1. See Jockey's Ridge State Park, Wright Brothers Memorial, Hatteras Lighthouse
  2. Visit Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium and Fort Macon
  3. Spend a day in Southport with a meal in Calabash 
  4. Watch The Lost Colony
  5. Kayak at Pea Island
  6. Experience Azalea Festival
  7. Go on a Day Boat Fishing Charter
  8. Camp at Hammocks Beach
  9. Stroll the Beaufort Boardwalk
  10. View the Shackelford Banks Ponies
And there you have it! Hope your family finds some fun in this list! What other things would you add? What are the top ten things to do in your state?

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