The first state of flight is gorgeous, with its toppling Great Smoky Mountains, winding roads and clean crisp air. North Carolina has one of the most scenic drives in the states as well as a beautiful railroad system that can show you the landscapes the cars cannot venture to. Did we mention french chateaus, yellow brick roads and possibly the BEST place for tubing?
1. Drive The Blue Ridge Parkway
The parkway is a beautiful road that you can slow drive the entire way, soaking up the beauty around every turn. Alot of people suggest the best time to go is during the fall for the bright Autumn colors, but this drive is beautiful any day of the week, any time of the year. There are also plenty of places to stop along this parkway for hiking and picture taking, and if you know anyone familiar with the parkway we bet you can get them to tell you about the waterfalls that lie in these woods.
2. Discover The Biltmore Estate
Ah, the mountains meet the French chateau. This property is a sight for sore eyes and is incredibly overwhelming with 8000 acres of land and over 200 rooms. You can spend the entire day here enjoying the architect and design and still probably not see everything! When your finished exploring the chateau, there’s more to see downtown in Antler Village! Check out their winery, petting zoo, farm, gift shops and plenty of taverns to stop and share a drink. YES!
3. Visit The Wright Brothers National Memorial
You have to know North Carolina was the first state of flight and if you’re just NOW finding that out, you have to for sure check out this memorial. This memorial is an excellent tribute to American ingenuity from the Wright brothers. Here, you can climb the challenging sand dune hill to view the memorial and be astonished by how brilliant the Wright’s brothers were in picking the Outer Banks as the test site. Inside the museum are life size planes and fascinating historical photos of American heroes of flight. The park also has a walk-able runway with markings of the initial small steps that led to huge achievements in flight.
4. Visit Chimney Rock State Park
A fun adventure for all!! Please make sure you take the Hickory Falls hike here as well because the waterfall is breathtaking and you don’t want to miss out! There are about 500 steps here so wear some comfortable shoes and enjoy every step of the way – the views are beautiful!
5. Ride The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
This scenic rail excursion will take you from the historic depot in Bryson City, through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina. This railroad system offers a variety of train options and the special event trains makes it perfect for making memories! Dine in the First Class Cars with a private attendant and breathtaking views or take it all in while riding in an Open-Air Gondola! Sounds like a great time if you ask us.
6. Have a Romantic and Fancy Dinner At The Vue 1913, In Asheville
With its art decor and panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Vue 1913 would be the IDEAL spot to have a nice diner with your partner while enjoying North Carolina.
7. Hike Mount Mitchell State Park
Mount Mitchell is the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains and the highest peak in mainland eastern North America at a whopping 6684 ft. A short walk to the top gives breath taking views of the mountains and you can enjoy the occasional clouds that roll through. Bring a light jacket as the temperature does slightly drop at these heights! This would be the perfect day for those that love to hike and enjoy nature.
8. Stay The Night In “The Land of Oz”
Grab your heart, brain and have some courage to follow the yellow brick road! This fancy road is from an abandoned theme park but is still open to the public for birthdays and private functions – and, you can even stay the night in Dorothy’s house and have the yellow brick road all to yourself.
9. Deep Creek Tubing In Bryson City Along Smoky Mountains
Bryson City is located at the southern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Here you can camp the good ol fashion way or you can stay the night in one of the many cabins on site and spend the night day tubing or exploring the gem mines!
10. Find Catawba Falls
Located in Pisgah National Forest near Asheville, lies this beauty! Have a picnic in this beautiful National Forest and be one with mother nature. This would be ideal especially on a crisp cool day!