Attractions

Top Choice House in Asheville

Biltmore Estate

The country's largest privately-owned home, and Asheville's number-one tourist attraction, the Biltmore was built in 1895 for shipping and railroad heir George Washington Vanderbilt II. He modeled it after the grand…
Top Choice Zoo in Durham

Duke Lemur Center

The secret is out: the Lemur Center is the coolest attraction in Durham. Located about two miles from the main campus, this research and conservation center is home to the largest collection of endangered prosimian…
Top Choice Museum in Raleigh

North Carolina Museum of Art

The light-filled glass-and-anodized-steel West Building won praise from architecture critics nationwide when it opened in 2010. The fine and wide-ranging collection, with everything from ancient Greek sculptures to …
Historic Site in Outer Banks

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

In the late 1580s, three decades before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, a group of 116 British colonists disappeared without a trace from their Roanoke Island settlement. Were they killed off by drought? Did t…
Museum in Raleigh

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Whale skeletons hang from the ceiling. Butterflies flutter past your shoulder. Emerald tree boas make you shiver. And swarms of unleashed elementary school children rampage all over the place if you arrive after 10a…
State Park in North Carolina Mountains

Mount Mitchell State Park

Be warned. A trip to Mt Mitchell might lead to a fight. Will you drive to the top of the highest mountain east of the Mississippi, or will you hike there? Make your decision at the park office (open 8am to 5pm daily…
Park in Outer Banks

Wright Brothers National Memorial

Self-taught engineers Wilbur and Orville Wright launched the world's first successful airplane flight on December 17, 1903 (it lasted 12 seconds). A boulder marks the take-off spot. Climb a nearby hill, where the br…
Zoo in Wilmington

Cape Fear Serpentarium

Herpetologist Dean Ripa's museum is a fun and informative place to spend an hour or two – if you don't mind standing in a building slithering with venomous snakes, giant constrictors and big-teethed crocodiles. They…
Park in Outer Banks

Currituck Heritage Park

The sunflower-yellow, art-nouveau-style Whalehead Club, built in the 1920s as a hunting 'cottage' for a Philadelphia industrialist, is the centerpiece of this manicured park in Corolla. You can also climb the red-br…
Cultural Center in High Country

Folk Art Center

As you enter the lobby at the Folk Art Center, look up. A row of handcrafted Appalachian chairs hangs from the walls above. They’re an impressive calling card for the gallery here, which is dedicated to southern cra…