North Carolina Points of Interest and Places to Visit

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Mint Museum of Art

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 101 Reviews

Named for its former status as a branch of the U.S. Mint, the Mint Museum was, when it originally opened in 1936, the first art museum in North Carolina. ...  Read more

Carolinas Aviation Museum

Set on the grounds of Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CDI), this may be the only attraction in Charlotte you can visit within a few minutes of ...  Read more

Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR)

Built in 1959, this 2,000-acre motor racing complex features the Superspeedway, a 1 ½-mile quad track that hosts some of NASCAR’s biggest annual events; an ...  Read more

Discovery Place

Families with small children will appreciate the interactive science and technology exhibits at Discovery Place, which includes the largest IMAX theater in ...  Read more

Freedom Park

About 10 minutes south of Uptown, Charlotte’s version of Central Park, the 98-acre Freedom Park, is found between two of the city’s most affluent ...  Read more

Historic Rosedale Plantation

Once part of a 919-acre plantation, this Dilworth neighborhood landmark was built in 1815 by Archibald Frews, a multi-tasking merchant, postmaster and tax ...  Read more

The Green

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 101 Reviews

This one-and-a-half acre park is a well-known landmark in Uptown Charlotte. The Green has an artsy flair, with colorful sculptures and fountains, and there are ...  Read more

Blue Ridge Parkway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of America’s most scenic road trips—a slow-paced drive through connecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the south to ...  Read more

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is one of four distinct components of Charlotte’s Levine Center for the Arts. The Bechtler collection includes more than ...  Read more

Fourth Ward

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Visitors get a feel for times of the past strolling through Charlotte’s Fourth Ward. Located in the downtown area, it’s home to 100-plus-year-old Victorian ...  Read more

River Arts District

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

There was once a time, not too long ago, where the River Arts District was one of Asheville’s least desirable areas. Abandoned warehouses lined a riverfront ...  Read more

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

On lands bestowed by a local resident, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden has grown into more than 400 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. Its meadows and ...  Read more

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Chug along the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for a scenic train ride through the mountain range shared by the most visited national park in the United ...  Read more

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Gorgeous blue mountain scenery, abundant wildlife, and a prime location within driving distance of the Eastern Seaboard make Great Smoky Mountains National ...  Read more

US National Whitewater Center

To get your pulse racing, head 20 minutes west of Uptown to the U.S. National Whitewater Center, which offers 24 activities along the world’s largest manmade ...  Read more

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