Top 10 Cities in North Carolina To Visit

The best cities in North Carolina span the mountains to the coast. It is a wonderful state to visit, filled with interesting and diverse destinations.

Whether you want to spend a weekend escape hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains, visit the state capital area, or have a beach getaway, North Carolina has you covered.

Raleigh is known for great restaurants, including Death & Taxes and Poole’side Pies from culinary James Beard Award Nominee Chef Ashley Christensen, to great breweries, including Lynwood and Trophy Brewing Co.


It has a walkable downtown community with shops, restaurants, bars, and museums. Be sure to check out Chet Miller for the best souvenirs and home goods and the rooftop bar at Unscripted Durham Hotel.


Head to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina to visit Asheville. This city is known for a laid back vibe and stunning scenery. You can see glass-blowing demonstrations at Lexington Glassworks or treat yourself to a spa appointment at the Omni Grove Park Inn.


Head downtown to try some great Winston-Salem restaurants and bars, including The Katharine French Brasserie at the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel or Mozelle’s for their delicious tomato pie.


This completely casual island has outdoor bars to enjoy live music during the peak summer season, plenty of coastlines to relax in the sand, and beautiful restaurants from casual dining to a handful of date-night establishments.

Ocracoke (Outer Banks)

There is a ton to do in Charlotte, from sporting games (like seeing the NC Panthers football team play) to concerts, museums, and more.


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