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On vacation with kids to: North Carolina, USA.
North Carolina is a state located on the Atlantic Seaboard in the south eastern region of the United States of America. North Carolina is bordered by South Carolina on the south, Georgia on the southwest, Tennessee on the west, Virginia on the north, and the Atlantic Ocean on the east.
Due to its wide range of elevation, from sea level on the coast to almost 6,700 feet (2,042 m) in the mountains, North Carolina has the most variation in climate of all the south eastern states.
The climate of the state ranges from a warm, humid subtropical climate near the coast to a humid continental climate in the mountains. Most of the state falls in the humid subtropical zone.
Capital of North Carolina is Raleigh, with an estimated population of 359,332 (2007) and largest city is Charlotte. It has a population of approximately 630,478 (2006).
North Carolina’s scenery, history and people will steal your heart away. From lowlands of coastal areas, to the High Country mountain area, North Carolina presents a great chance for a memorable vacation with the kids.
The Mountains region of North Carolina includes the High Country and Asheville. It is a true resort area, with an overwhelming amount of grand nature and year-round activities. In the mountains, vacationers surround themselves with scenic beauty while picnicking, hiking, golfing or even white water rafting and rock climbing. In the winter, they ride the slopes on skis, tubes or snowboards. Blue Ridge Mountains area is a year-round playground that has eight ski resorts for winter fun and great golfing, hiking, boating, and fishing in the warmer months. More ski resorts can be found at Sugar Mountain, the largest North Carolina ski resort with 20 trails or at the Hawksnest Golf and Ski Resort with 12 lighted slopes for all skill levels and a scenic golf course or at the Appalachian Ski Mountain which has nine slopes.
In the Asheville area you can explore Smoky Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine or the Old Pressley Sapphire Mine, but you also can visit galleries, museums, and restaurants in this charming mountain area.
The sunny North Carolina’s Coast is famous for it’s pristine beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, it’s giant sand dunes, the barrier islands also called the Outer Banks, it’s fishing villages and it’s lighthouses. The Outer Banks is a chain of barrier islands surrounded by 900 square miles of blue Atlantic water and warmed by the Gulf Stream. In this area you’ll find popular destinations such as Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Corolla, Beaufort, Carolina Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Southern Shores, Sunset Beach, and Whalehead. Except for many outdoor activities such as swimming, relaxing on the beach, fishing, golf and hiking the North Carolina coastal area also offers great possibilities for shopping and dining.
The Piedmont area is a popular family vacation destination too. It holds Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, where you can enjoy the authentic colonial area of Old Salem or take a stroll or hike through one of the city’s 75 parks.
The Heartland region of North Carolina is home to cities like Raleigh and Charlotte.
Raleigh, the North Carolina state capital is also known as the "City of Oaks" and often is described as "a park with a city in it". Raleigh is home several state museums of art, history and natural sciences. Some say ‘Raleigh Rocks’ because of it’s large variety of music and arts entertainment.
Charlotte, also known as ‘The Queen City’, is the largest city of North Carolina. Being a multi-cultural city, Charlotte has many remnants of diversity, in historic neighbourhoods, dining, and a number of festivals celebrating Greek, French, Asian, and Hispanic culture. The key attractions in Charlotte include Paramount’s Carowinds theme and water park, Discovery Place science center which includes a tropical rain forest, planetarium, aquarium and the OMNIMAX Theatre. Charlotte however also has a lot to offer if you love shopping and dining.
From the misty mountains to the sunny coastal beaches, North Carolina is a popular family vacation destination and with natural beauty, history, arts, culture and adventure and major attractions, North Carolina offers entertainment for the whole family.
Popular cities and towns in North Carolina:
Some of the major and most popular cities and towns in North Carolina are: Asheville, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Gastonia, Greensboro, Greenville, High Point, Jacksonville, Raleigh, Wilmington and Winston Salem.
North Carolina offers many accommodations suited for your vacation with the kids. You can take a look at the
accommodations section to find out what to look for in a accommodation suited for your children. Whether looking for the luxuries of a family friendly full-service hotel or resort, the dependable comfort of your favourite hotel chain, or the charm of a bed & breakfast or historic inn, you’ll find it in North Carolina. If you’re more of an outdoor or camping kind of family, there are campgrounds and RV-parks all over the state. Or choose a vacation rental by owner North Carolina style or one of the private vacation rental homes that are comfortable, clean, spacious and friendly for your vacation with the kids. From beachfront cottages to slope-side condos to cosy mountain cabins, you’re sure to find a North Carolina vacation rental that meets your needs.
North Carolina is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. The state has 1.2 million acres of national forest, 37,000 miles of fresh water streams, 1,500 lakes, and over 3,000 miles of shoreline on the Atlantic coast. North Carolina also offers approximately 600 golf brimming over with rich varieties of terrain and landscape. North Carolina offcourse also offers lots of recreation for the kids with major attraction parks, theme parks, water parks, zoo’s and more.
Amusement and Theme Parks
Cherokee Fun Park
Ghost Town in the Sky
Gold City Amusement Park
Waterparks and water fun:
Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park
Ray's Splash Planet
Wet 'n Wild Emerald Point
North Carolina zoos:
Carolina Raptor Center
Cherokee Bear Zoo
North Carolina Aquariums
North Carolina Zoo
Triangle Metro Zoo
Other Sites and tours to see
Tryon Palace in New Bern
Blowing Rock Cliff
Asheville Historic Trolley Tours
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock
Historic Castle McCulloch Gold Mill
John Coltrane Commemorative Marker
Bellair Plantation in New Bern
Guided Historic Walking Tours of Uptown Charlotte
Mordecai Historic Park/President Andrew Johnson's Birthplace in Raleigh
Boat tours in Wilmington
Oconaluftee Indian Village
Museum of Natural Sciences
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Chimney Rock Park
The NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway
NASCAR racing in Harrisburg
More vacation destinations....
More usefull websites:
North Carolina Official State Information Website
The official North Carolina tourism site