NORTH CAROLINA TRAVEL GUIDE

Why would an Australian family settle in North Carolina and love it?

From the stunning and serene Carolina coast to the lush mountains and vibrant, hipster cities, there is so much to love about this state.

We're excited to be your North Carolina travel guides and share with you the magic of this region that captured our spirits and soul.

We live in Raleigh and also share a lot about the city on our new site,, This is Raleigh. Click to learn more cool things to do in Raleigh

Be sure to check all of our USA travel tips, as we’ve been exploring the country in-depth for the past year on short breaks, getaways, road trips, and a year long RV trip of the American West.

NC BUCKET LIST

We have put together a list of what we feel are your bucket list moments - the top NC attractions and most fun and unique things to do in North Carolina

45 Unique + Fun Things to Do in North Carolina Bucket List

North Carolina couldn’t be a more perfect home for us. From the mountains to the coast, we’re surrounded by unbelievable natural beauty, outdoor adventure, vibrant […]

I recall seeing a photo of this place (Lake Lure) on your Instagram – it looks heavenly. And so quintessentially American, right?? I’m adding this to my list of places to visit while we live in the U.S.

Rebecca

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA

From the ancient forested mountains in the west to the sandy shores and barrier islands in the East, you'll find a warm, eclectic mix of cultures and landscapes to enjoy. From tech geeks, to hipsters, surfers, and pig farmers, North Carolina has a wonderful mix of old and new. We love the quirky personalities of this state. 

CLIMATE

North Carolina's climate has a moderate climate. Average winter temperatures are in the 60s along the southern coast and the low 40s inland. Temperatures can rise to near 100 in the summer, and can be very humid. 

GETTING HERE

NC is located on the East Coast, half way between New York and Orlando. The I-40 and I-95 run through here making it very accessible by vehicle. Raleigh Durham and Charlotte have international airports. Amtrak's New York-Miami, New York-Tampa, and New York-Washington-New Orleans runs through NC.

FACTS

NICKNAME: Tar Heel State
CAPITAL: Raleigh
SALES TAX: 6.75% + hotel occupancy up to 6%
INDUSTRY: Agriculture, booming technology, and finance

NC COASTAL HIGHLIGHTS

We love the beauty and serenity of the NC coast. We have only just begun to explore it.

Wrightsville Beach is our favorite beach community in the USA. It is some kind of special. And the Outer Banks is a treasured wilderness area for locals and visitors alike.

25 AIRBNB VACATION RENTALS

Looking for great Airbnb Outer Banks rentals for your upcoming Outer Banks vacation?

Look no further, we’ve done the research for you!

11 AIRBNB RENTALS IN RALEIGH

Looking for the best Airbnb Raleigh properties for your upcoming trip to the City of Oaks?

Look no further, we’ve done the research for you!

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT NORTH CAROLINA

Sept- Nov

FALL

Late Sept- Oct offers brilliant Fall colors in the mountains. Thousands of monarch butterflies cluster in the mountains near Asheville just before Fall. Temperatures can still be warm and lovely throughout NC. Lots of festivals, and sporting events. 

Dec - Feb

WINTER

Head to the mountains for ski and snow activities. Or, use the cooler temps to explore the cities and winter festivals. Why not retreat to a beach house for serenity and ocean views at a cheaper price?

March - May

SPRING

The state bursts into bloom, with azaleas in pink and white dogwood blossoms in pink and white in the woodlands. Some festivals will start happening, sunny days start to grow and crowds can be less. 

June-August

SUMMER

Summers in NC are consistently hot, hotter or hottest. Escape to the cooler mountains or oceanside for a slight reprieve. Expect crowds and book in advance. 

May/June/Sept/Oct

OUR PICK

We love Fall and late Spring for travel in NC. You'll get beautiful weather with less crowds and a cheaper experience. FALL is our favorite for the FUN festivals and music, sporting and holiday events throughout the state. 

WHAT REGION IN NORTH CAROLINA ARE YOU PLANNING TO VISIT?

North Carolina is divided into three main geographical regions: the Mountains, the Coast and the Piedmont (which includes the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill triangle region. Click the image to head straight to our tips and resource guides for the region you are planning to visit.

FEATURED VIDEO: Outer Banks

We love the Outer Banks: Wild, rugged, beautiful with plenty of outdoor adventures and wide open spaces. Check to see the fun we got up to on a short getaway to the OBX.

MORE SOUTHEAST USA STATES TO CONSIDER

FOLLOW OUR CURRENT ADVENTURES

Travel has been the focus of our life since 1997 - intentionally.

We don't plan on stopping that. We now have a base in Raleigh, NC - after being granted a Green Card for our extraordinary ability in the art of travel blogging.

We will continue to explore more of the US but also intend on traveling further abroad - Europe, South East Asia and Central and South America.

We can't wait to share more of our favorites as we experience them.

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OUR FAVORITE SOUTHEAST USA TRANQUIL ESCAPES

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ALL NORTH CAROLINA ARTICLES

Browse around to find all our articles on North Carolina!. 

Catawba Falls Trail Asheville with kids (1)

Asheville NC: Rock climbing, breweries and stunning waterfalls

By Caroline Makepeace | December 10, 2018

Finally, after months of planning and talking, we’re on the road with Goldie (our Forest River travel trailer) and the Beast (our Ford F250). I intend to do a weekly wrap on the blog to […]

Home in Downtown Clayton, Johnston County

19 Don’t Miss Things When You Visit Johnston County NC

By Caroline Makepeace | November 6, 2018

JoCo. You may not have heard of this county, but anyone who has experienced it carves out a soft spot for it in their heart. Johnston County, as it’s proper name expands out to, is […]

The Biltmore House ASheville North Carolina

Welcome to the Largest Home in America: Biltmore Estate, North Carolina

By Caroline Makepeace | June 22, 2018

Tips for visiting the Biltmore Estate & Gardens: Biltmore House tours, Antler Village and winery places to stay in Biltmore Estate Asheville North Carolina

Bull City - Durham, North Carolina

48 Hour Itinerary – Things to Do in Durham, NC with Kids (or without)

By Caroline Makepeace | December 19, 2017

The city of Durham, NC, once a neglected town in the North Carolina Triangle is undergoing a transformation to rival that of Cinderella on the night of the ball. When we lived in Raleigh back […]

Great wolf Lodge Charlotte North Carolina

My adventure at Great Wolf Lodge, Charlotte, NC [Magis welcome]

By Kalyra Makepeace | September 16, 2017

The Great Wolf Lodge in Charlotte, North Carolina is a fun resort for families. From waterparks to magi quests it’s brilliant fun for kids. Kalyra shares with us why she loved it so much.

Dirty Dancing Festival Lake Lure (9)

I Carried a Watermelon at the Dirty Dancing Festival, Lake Lure – it’s been 30 years!!

By Caroline Makepeace | August 29, 2017

Are you a Dirty Dancing fan? Want to carry a watermelon? You can do that and more at the Dirty Dancing festival in Lake Lure, North Carolina. What a fun event!

Camping at Kerr Lake NC

Family Fun Camping at Kerr Lake NC

By Caroline Makepeace | August 10, 2017

Kerr Lake NC is the perfect camping getaway especially with kids and with friends. Prepare for some kneeboarding and tubing fun and total relaxation

Durham Bulls baseball game Durham NC

An Iconic Night at the Durham Bulls Baseball Game, NC

By Caroline Makepeace | August 6, 2017

The Durham Bulls are an iconic minor league baseball team. We had a fun night experiencing American culture at the Durham Bulls game in Durham North Carolina. Do you like going to baseball games with your kids?

Michael Jordan's 1982 NCAA Championship shoes

Michael Jordan and the UNC North Carolina Experience

By Craig Makepeace | March 27, 2011

Growing up as a kid in Australia, I was never a basketball fan, let alone a Michael Jordan fan. For me it was all about Rugby League and Cricket. We didn’t have cable TV back […]

Chapel Hill Campus

7 Best Things to do in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

By Caroline Makepeace | August 26, 2010

There is a reason why Chapel Hill in North Carolina is consistently rated as one of the best places in America to live, and as being the best college town in the States. It’s a […]

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