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Big Cities

Big cities with plenty of action and things to do.

Outdoor Adventure

Bike riding trails, horse trails, ATV trails we have it all

Our Heritage

Visit our heritage sites, there is always something going on.

Natural Wonders

From the sea to the mountains, our natural wonders abound.

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Piedmont Attractions

Bike Trails

Enjoy our bike trails. Catawba Falls Campground is a great home base.

Special Events

3.2% of visitors came for Special events and festivals

Visit NC

Visiting relatives and Family Reunion accounted for 25.5% of visitors.


Piedmont Attractions



Begin your visit to Winston Salem at the place where it all began. Visit Historic Bethabara Park for an imaginative journey to the Carolina backcountry of 250 years ago. A small group of Moravians settled this religious village and trade center in an 18th-century wilderness, full of bears, wolves, Indians and outlaws.

Today's Bethabara evokes this era. A National Historic Landmark, this 1753 site of the German-speaking, Protestant settlement nestles in a picturesque, wooded 183-acre wildlife preserve with 126 species of birds.

Visit the Edwin L. Stockton Visitor Center Gift Shop to purchase hand-crafted Moravian, colonial and natural history treasures and mementos.

The museum features a unique, restored and furnished 1788 church, archaeological ruins, Visitor Center with introductory video, exhibits and tours with costumed guides, as well as a reconstructed village, French and Indian War fort and colonial and medical gardens.

Explore 20 miles of nature trails, go to the mill site, and observe wildlife from two observation docks over the beaver pond. Spot otters, mink, foxes, deer, and woodchucks.

Discover this 250-year-old communal experiment on the frontier, now a National Historic Landmark. Historic Bethabara Park, City of Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks Department

2147 Bethabara Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 (336)924-8191 | info@bethabarapark.org

Visitor Center and Exhibit Buildings open April 1 - December 14 (closed Thanksgiving Day) Tuesday-Friday 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Saturday-Sunday 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.


 North Carolin Zoo

Located about 75 miles west of Raleigh in Asheboro, N.C. Zoo is nationally recognized as one of the nation's finest zoos. It was the first American zoo designed from its inception around the "natural habitat" philosophy--presenting animals and plants in exhibits that closely resemble the habitats in which they would be found in the wild. Among the most popular exhibits are those that display polar bears, sea lions, river otters, alligators, elephants, gorillas, baboons, rhinoceros, giraffes, and zebras. The 37-acre African Plains exhibit alone is as large a many entire zoos.


North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences - The new North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences opened its doors to the public Friday, April 7, 2000. Four floors of exhibits include four great whales, the world's only Acrocanthosaurus and Willo, the dinosaur with a heart!
Raleigh City Museum - The Raleigh City Museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the heritage of our North Carolina's capital city through temporary and permanent exhibits.
Museum of Life and Science - The North Carolina Museum of Life and Science is a regional science-technology center dedicated to furthering education in the natural and physical sciences for people of all ages. ""Hands-on"" is the password to discovery at the Museum's exhibits and programs.
SciWorks - At SciWorks, it's fun to learn about science. Travel through the solar system under the dome of a state-of-the-art planetarium. Come face-to-face with river otters and other animals indigenous to North Carolina in a 15-acre Environmental Park. Enjoy interactive, hands-on special exhibits and programs in spacious exhibit halls.
Ackland Art Museum - The Ackland Art Museum museum exhibits from a permanent collection of more than 14,000 works of art from around the world.
The North Carolina Transportation Museum - From a dugout canoe to powerful steam locomotives....From the covered wagon and plank roads to luxurious railcars....From early automobiles to North Carolina's first Highway Patrol car... Share in the dramatic history of mankind's quest for transportation at the South's largest transportation museum.
North Carolina Botanical Garden - The North Carolina Botanical Garden, first opened to the public in 1966, is part of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Garden's display collections, Piedmont Nature Trails, Coker Arboretum, Mason Farm Biological Reserve and other lands comprise nearly 600 acres.

Hiddenite Center The Hiddenite Center, Incorporated is a folk life and cultural arts educational and exhibition center located in Hiddenite, North Carolina. A three-story Victorian house has been restored to house galleries and offices.

John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum

Museum details history of the U.S. Army's Green Berets.

Ardennes St. Bldg D 2502

Fayetteville, NC


Cape Fear Botanical Gardens features a large urban forest with nature trails, a natural amphitheater, steep ravines sheltering unusual plants, and a variety of terrain from open pine forest to lush riverbank.

536 N. Eastern Boulevard

Fayetteville, NC 28301

(910) 486-0221 Phone

 North Carolina Museum of Art

2110 Blue Ridge Road • Raleigh, NC • (919) 839-6262 • (919) 733-8034 fax North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve McDowell Nature Center serves as the gateway to the 1108-acre McDowell Nature Preserve and is the source for educational programs and information on the preserve's natural communities, flora, and fauna.  The preserve, the oldest in Mecklenburg County, has been left 90% undeveloped and protects mostly forested, rolling terrain along the banks of Lake Wylie.

Location and Directions, McDowell Nature Center and Nature Preserve is located at 15222 York Road in southwestern Mecklenburg County.

North Carolina Museum of History The North Carolina Museum of History brims with historical treasures from across the state. These treasures come to life for thousands of people every year with the help of volunteers who lead guided tours and hands-on Discovery Tours, adding a personal touch to a museum visit. The North Carolina Museum of History is located at 5 East Edenton Street (between Salisbury and Wilmington Streets) in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

Welcome to Old Salem Museums and Gardens, the most authentic and comprehensive history attraction in the country. Find yourself in another time and place by discovering our four unique museums:

Historic Latta Plantation was a successful cotton plantation, and is now a living history farm. Come experience what life was like for planters, yeoman farmers, and slaves of the North Carolina backcountry in the early 19th century.  Bring the family and make a day of it!

Welcome to the Person County Recreation Arts, and Parks Department

Person County has the distinction of being the oldest County Recreation Department in North Carolina. Programs were begun in the 40's with full funding occurring in 1961. A variety of programs are offered through our Athletics, Cultural Arts and Special Programs departments, as well as programming through Mayo Park. In addition to programs, many park facilities include lighted walking tracks, playground equipment and picnic shelters. Mayo Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset for activities including: Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking, Playground Use, Canoeing/Kayaking

Andy Griffith Museum & Mount Airy Visitors Center






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