Holiday Ideas

Sometimes a holiday almost plans itself, but other times you need a little inspiration. Browse our holiday ideas and you’ll soon be mapping out a trip you’ll never forget.

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Asheville, One of A Kind

Amazing Asheville

From the great (beer, food, artistic flair) to the grand (Biltmore), this mountain city soars far beyond the ordinary.

Visit Lake Lure, Asheville and Cherokee

American Indian Culture

Native American heritage rings through the mountains to reach a crest in Cherokee, near Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Must-See Mileposts on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

The mountain views are glorious, and stops along the way enhance the trip with music, crafts and close-ups with nature.


A Romantic Weekend in the Triangle

Capital Assets

Raleigh’s mix of history and modern style resonates in a lively downtown, engaging museums and celebrated restaurants

Get Away to Charlotte, the Queen City

Charlotte Reigns

Charm, sophistication and great shopping bejewel the crown of the Queen City, named for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

Farm-to-Table Dining in North Carolina

Savor the Flavors

Ingredients arrive fresh from the farm and the fisherman’s net to inspire the food at acclaimed restaurants across the state.


Outdoor Adventure on the Coast

Coastal Adventure

With wind, waves and calm waters, conditions are ideal for hang gliding, stand-up paddleboarding and everything in between.

Movie and TV Filming Locations

Hollywood Glow

Homeland, The Hunger Games, Sleepy Hollow and hundreds more titles boost the star power of North Carolina destinations.

Honoring History

From the first colony to first flight and beyond, experience North Carolina’s spirited past at monuments and historic sites.

Coastal Lighthouses

See the Lights

From the Outer Banks to Southport-area beaches, lighthouses beckon visitors with intriguing history and unmatched ocean views.

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